EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/13/2011

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. ABA-Canada 0-0
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 3-0
 2. Atlanta E. 2-0
 3. Heartland H. 2-0
 4. Georgia G. 1-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 0-0
 6. Florida T. 0-0
 7. Jacksonville 0-0
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0
 9. Savannah Storm 0-0
 10. Seminole A. 0-0
 11. Tampa 0-0
 12. Columbus R. 0-1
 13. E.Point Jaguars 0-5
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 5-0
 2. Seattle M. 4-0
 3. S.Francisco R. 4-1
 4. Bay Area M. 2-0
 5. Richmond R. 2-3
 6. Modesto H. 1-0
 7. Port City P. 1-0
 8. California SK 0-0
 9. Chico Rage 0-0
 10. E.Bay Pitbulls 0-0
 11. Washington R. 0-0
 12. Alaska Q. 0-2
 13. Sacramento H. 0-5
California South
 1. Arizona S. 9-1
 2. San Diego Sol 5-1
 3. San Diego S. 3-0
 4. LA Slam 1-6
 5. Riverside R. 0-1
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-2
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-4
Colonial
 1. NoVa Wonders 4-4
 2. Richmond E. 2-1
 3. W.Virginia B. 1-1
 4. E.Kentucky En. 0-0
 5. Lynchburg L. 0-0
 6. Norfolk Sh. 0-0
 7. Seven Cities 0-0
 8. Portsmouth C. 0-2
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 4-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 2-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Indy S. 0-0
 5. Midwest Flames 0-0
 6. Oshkosh 0-0
 7. Porter County P. 0-1
 8. Cleveland H. 0-3
Mid Atlantic
 1. Carolina C. 6-2
 2. East Carolina T. 4-2
 3. Nashville S. 3-0
 4. Carolina Ch. 3-2
 5. South Calif. W. 2-0
 6. Tennessee MH 1-4
 7. Fayetteville F. 1-6
 8. Carolina J. 0-2
 9. Clarksville C. 0-2
Mid Central
 1. Greencastle GK 2-0
 2. Indianapolis 2-0
 3. Dayton G. 0-0
 4. Detroit Hoops 0-0
 5. Flint Fire 0-0
 6. Lansing L. 0-0
 7. Lima Explosion 0-0
 8. Michiana M. 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 2-0
 2. Jersey Expr. 2-1
 3. Conn. Chill 0-0
 4. NY Red Riders 0-0
 5. NYC Thunder 0-0
 6. Rochester 0-0
 7. Syracuse SW 0-0
 8. New York Ch. 0-1
 9. Island Vipers 0-2
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 2-1
 2. Louisiana U.P. 0-0
 3. Mobile Bay H. 0-0
 4. Panama City D. 0-0
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 9-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-4
 3. Crusaders 2-4
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Conway C. 7-1
 2. Bluff City R. 6-0
 3. Little Rock L. 3-2
 4. St.Louis P. 0-0
 5. Missouri R. 0-3
 6. Delta S. 0-4
 7. N.E. Arkansas 0-5
South West
 1. North Dallas 5-1
 2. Texas Fuel 5-1
 3. Dallas Impact 1-2
 4. Oklahoma 1-3
 5. Houston R.S. 0-0
 6. N.Texas F. 0-0
 7. Team Havok 0-0
 8. West Texas W. 0-2
Touring Team
 1. Rocky Mountain S. 0-0
 2. Chicago F. 0-1
 3. Team Haiti 0-1
 4. West Virginia B. 0-1
 5. Appalachian R. 0-2
 6. Calgary C. 0-2


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 5-1 
 2. Sionista 5-1 
 3. Penarol 5-1 
 4. Libertad S. 4-2 
 5. Boca Jrs 3-2 
 6. Wuber-Est.Bahia 3-2 
 7. Quimsa 3-3 
 8. La Union 3-3 
 9. Regatas C. 3-3 
 10. Lanus 2-3 
 11. Olimpico LB 2-3 
 12. GECR Indalo 2-4 
 13. Club 9 2-4 
 14. Atenas 2-4 
 15. Quilmes MP 1-5 
 16. San Mart.C. 1-5 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. Union Progr. 10-5 
 2. Obera TC 9-5 
 3. Alvear 9-5 
 4. Estudian.Con. 8-6 
 5. San Isidro 8-6 
 6. Tomas Rocam. 7-7 
 7. Atl.Echague 6-8 
 8. Union Sunch 6-8 
 9. A.Italiana 5-8 
 10. A.Espanola 2-12 
South
 1. Argentino 11-3 
 2. Huracan 10-6 
 3. Ciclista 9-5 
 4. Alianza Viedma 9-6 
 5. MH Basket 8-6 
 6. Bragado 7-6 
 7. Banda Norte 7-7 
 8. Rosario Cent. 6-8 
 9. Firmat SF 5-10 
 10. Sport Club 4-10 
 11. San Mart.MJ 3-12 


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  AUSTRIA   


Rakocevic leaves BC Vienna and inks with Valencia Basket! - by Stefan Prager
BC Vienna announced that their big man sensation Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) used his opt out clause and left to play for Valencia in the Spanish ACB. Vienna signed the Euroleague approved forward just a few days before the Austrian season started. Rakocevic, who used to play for Partizan Belgrad and BC Igokea Aleksandrovac before, dominated his position right from the beginning. He led the Austrian ABL in rebounding (13.8), blocked shots (3.2) and efficiency (29.6) as well as being a top ten player in scoring (18.1) and assists (4.6). In his last game for BC Vienna Rakocevic posted 19 points along with 18 rebounds and nine assists in a win against Guessing.

Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 10-2 
 2. Gmunden 9-2 
 3. Wels 8-3 
 4. Oberwart 8-4 
 5. Kapfenberg 8-4 
 6. Gussing 5-7 
 7. BC Vienna 5-7 
 8. UBSC Graz 4-7 
 9. Furstenfeld 4-8 
 10. Arkadia 3-9 
 11. St.Polten 0-11 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart21.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Drenovac, Arkadia18.9 
 7. Djuric, Gussing18.8 
 8. Bobb, Klosterneub.18.1 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 10. Brown, Wels17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.2 
 3. Reed, Oberwart8.2 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.8 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.5 
 6. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.3 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart6.8 
 8. Ware, Furstenfeld6.8 
 9. Bakovic, St.Polten6.7 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg5.8 
 2. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 3. Danek, Arkadia5.0 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.4.8 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.8 
 7. Klepeisz, Gussing4.6 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.5 
 10. Miletic, BC Vienna3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quentin PRYOR
  Wels
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pryor, Wels2.5 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Brown, Wels1.9 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Scott, Gussing1.8 
 7. Curry, Gmunden1.5 
 8. Koch, Gussing1.5 
 9. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.2 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Brown, Wels0.8 
 5. Francois, BC Vienna0.7 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 7. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.5 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.5 
 10. Sallomon, Kloster.0.5 


Making Our League Better - by Anthony Shavies

Tough times don't last...tough people do! We're on a three game losing streak folks. I cannot remember the last time I lost three games in a row. The positive things is we had a chance to win each of our last three games, we just have to be better in the clutch. It is what it is and you have to deal with it. I'm not sad or upset or anything like that. Just motivated to be better today than I was yesterday. And hopefully my teammates feel the same. That's my piece on that.
As an athlete you always look for ways to improve, or at least you should be. Athlete's much like businesses or corporations have to continue to get better or they do not survive.
I'm big on self-improvement and professional improvement which you are already aware of if you read my blog.
Recently I've begin to ponder what I would do to improve the Austrian Basketball League if I was in charge.
First I would start with the marketing, not just for one team. I mean in terms of the whole league. I feel like a lot more can be done to promote the Austrian league. I would make Stjepan Stazic, Christoph Nagler, Hannes Ochsenhofer, Lorenzo O'Neil and Tommy Klepeisz the faces of the Austrian League. They're all highly talented home-grown players that would represent the league well. I would have billboards featuring them all over Austria. I would put them in TV commercials and generate some excitement about basketball here.
Next I would change the way some things are done for the league here. More organization and regulations for certain things such as score keepers. The stats in Austria are very rarely correct; they might be close but almost never accurate. The reason being; on most occasions there is a kid or someone who has clearly never played basketball at the scorers table. The OBL should send official score keepers and time keepers to each game just like they send referee's. The current system in which the home team provides score keepers and time keepers does not work very well, and it has cost many visiting teams a victory in close games.
Next on my list would be the officials. Being an official/referee is a tough job, no matter what level you are officiating. I am a certified MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) official. I have done some officiating, and realize how difficult officiating can be. Some of our officials are decent. But I think if we took a survey of players/coaches satisfaction with our officials the results would be very disappointing. It seems that some of the officials let their ego and emotions get the best of them during games. Overall I believe our officials can do a better job then they have in the past. I think they need to be held accountable for their performance a lot more. I also believe that the league needs to do more to recruit new officials and to educate them. During the off-season the officials should be required to attend clinics and camps to help them improve. Like I said, officiating is a difficult job but I believe our officials are capable of more than they have shown.
Here's the thing about my jokes, they might be corny but I think they're funny. Melissa doesn't think I'm funny at all but its okay she loves me anyway. There are kids that read my blog, so I like to keep my jokes squeaky clean. That means nothing with profanity, race, religion, professional field or anything like that. So if the joke starts with 'a Jewish guy and a black guy...' it's not an appropriate joke. Like I always say if you don't like my joke and have a better one email (the_ashavies@yahoo.com) me or hit me on twitter (@AIShavies). Joke time: This joke is courtesy of my cousin Joey Zumaya
A boy playing with a baseball and a bat in his backyard yells out 'I'm the greatest hitter in the world' as hit throws the ball up in the air. He swings with all his might but misses as he falls to the ground, 'strike one' he says as he gets up. He tosses the ball up and again it hits the ground with a thud as he swings and misses. 'Strike two' he says with his confidence unfazed. 'I'm the greatest' he screams as he swings and misses again, while the ball hits the ground. This time he dances around the backyard as he yells out 'strike three...I'm the greatest pitcher in the world!!!'
BOOM!


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  BAHAMAS   


Aaron Eneas joins Panteras de Aguascalientes - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) agreed terms with 33-year old Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-F-109kg-78). In his first game he scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds helping his new team beat Barreteros 86-79. Eneas played most recently at Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver. (LNBP). While playing 23 games for Ola Verde last season his stats were: 17.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4bpg (2nd best in the league). He is a very experienced player. Eneas played also pro basketball in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Hala 5-0 
 2. Muharraq 5-0 
 3. Al Manama 5-1 
 4. Al Ahli 4-0 
 5. Nuwaidrat 3-2 
 6. Sitra 2-3 
 7. Al Ittihad 2-4 
 8. Bahrain Club 2-4 
 9. Issa Town 1-4 
 10. Samaheej 0-5 
 11. Al Najma 0-6 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Vlado Djurovic new head coach of OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic
After score 4-5 in Serbian basketball league and 3-0 in Balkane league, management of OKK Beograd decides to replace head coach Marko Icelic with Vlado Djurovic (agency: Alti Sport ). During his impressive career coach Djurovic led Sloboda Tuzla, Sibenka, Buducnost, Zadar, Crvena Zvezda, Panionios, Aris, AEK, Oostende, Aalst, Dafni, Achilleas Kaimakliou, FMP Zeleznik, Lietuvos Rytas, Metalac Valjevo, Vojvodina Novi Sad and Tozin Electric Kashan. Vlado Djurovic (agency: Alti Sport ) was head coach of Yugoslavian National team 1993 and Belgium National team 1997.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


INTERVIEW WITH PLAYER OF THE WEEK...JAI LUCAS - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of sitting down with BALTIC LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Jai Lucas (177-G, college: Texas). After a brilliant 27 point, 4 assist performance en route to a 36 point victory to put his BK Valmiera club in in sole possession of 3rd place in the Challenge Cup.
EU: Jai,, how have you found playing in Latvia? Most importantly, in the Baltic League?
JL: Playing in Latvia has been an amazing experience for me, being my first time in Europe it has been an easy adjustment. The baltic league has been very enjoyable, being able to see the different styles of basketball in the other baltic countries has been pretty cool.
EU: How did you find out the Latvian LBL? What compelled you to Play in this market? Was BK Valmiera's inclusion in the Baltic League a decision maker for you?
JL: After college I wanted to pursue a professional career in basketball and BK Valmiera was one of the teams that showed a lot of interest in me. I had only heard nothing but good things about Latvia and the LBL. With the team also competing in the BBL I felt this was an opportunity that couldn't be passed up.
EU: Last season, you were in the NCAA, now you are in a premier FIBA Competition in Europe. Please tell us briefly any differences between the US style of play and that of Eastern Europe.
JL: There are a lot of differences between the two, but the main ones that stick out to me are the physicality of the games and the travel call. The travel call has been the hardest for mr to adjust to so far.
EU: Please outline for us briefly, what has been the path that brought you here to Latvia this season, and what do u think is on the horizon for you in the very near future.
JL: The path that brought me here to Latvia has been a long one with its highs and lows. My college didn't career didn't turn out as I had hoped for it to, so it put me in a position of needing somewhere to prove myself. For me it didn't matter where I went I know my skill and what I'm capable of just needed the opportunity. In the future I'm trying to keep the same mind set and do whatever is necessary to get to the highest level of basketball in the world wherever that may be.
EU: We know that you get a lot of questions about your family and the NBA tag that is associated with all of you. Did growing up with an NBA player/coach father help prepare you for playing in Europe?
JL: Yes it did, because he taught me everything I know about basketball and has prepared me for anything that this game can throw at me.so, it prepared me to be able to adjust to the european game and how my game can be effective here
EU: It appears that your ability to run a team and apply pressure defense to opposing guards has wreaked havoc in both the Baltic League and the LBL. Is that going to be an asset as the club enters the 2nd season or second half of the season?
JL: I believe it will be I'am confident with where we are right now and how we are coming together as a team. We just need to continue to get better in the second half of the season so we can be in a good position come playoff time.
EU: We see that you and Ernests Kalve have been forming a very formative duo. He has had a tremendous amount of experience given his youth, Have you any thoughts on him?
JL: I love Ernests' game he is one of the best scorers I have ever played with and I have yet to see anyone better than him in the LBL or BBL. I call him Easy E sometimes because he makes scoring the ball look so easy all the time.
EU: Any outlook for the 2nd half, after January? Both in Latvia and also in the Baltic?
JL: Just to keep up pace at the top of both leagues, so we can be in contention to compete for a championship at the end of the season.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family or fans back home in the US?
JL: Just to say hello to everyone in Houston and that I'm doing good and I can't wait to see them for the holidays. Also to all of my friends that are also chasing their dream abroad to keep working and grinding it out one day at a time.
WE, AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH JAI A STRONG FINISH TO THE 1st HALF OF THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST SWISHES JAI!


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 8-1 
 2. Rudupis 7-2 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 6-3 
 4. Pieno Zvaigzdes 5-3 
 5. Ventspils 5-4 
 6. Juventus 5-5 
 7. Triumph 4-2 
 8. Tartu Ulikool 3-7 
 9. Baltai Kaunas 2-7 
 10. Kedainiai 2-7 
 11. Liepaja 2-8 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Naglis Palangos 5-1 
 2. Neptunas 4-2 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 3-3 
 4. Tarvas 2-2 
 5. Jelgava 0-6 
Group B
 1. Techasas 6-2 
 2. Sakalai 6-2 
 3. Valmiera 6-3 
 4. TTU/Kalev 3-5 
 5. Rapla 2-6 
 6. Turiba 2-7 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai20.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.7 
 4. Barinov, Naglis P.18.0 
 5. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.9 
 7. Reminas, Naglis P.16.5 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.0 
 9. Laksa, Barsy Atyr.16.0 
 10. Pakamanis, Juven.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 3. Nelson, Jelgava8.8 
 4. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.6 
 6. Arnold, TT.8.3 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai8.0 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 9. Bowles, Siauliai7.6 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai6.1 
 3. Maceina, Juventus5.7 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.0 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas4.5 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Kriisa, Tarvas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dainius SALENGA
  Rudupis
  (197-F-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.2 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 4. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 6. Oja, Tarvas2.0 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.1.8 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Elksnis, Valmiera1.8 
 10. Kriisa, Tarvas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.9 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.9 
 4. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
 5. Staniulis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 7. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.2 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.2 
 9. Keedus, TT.0.9 
 10. Butkevicius, Saka.0.9 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 11-2 
 2. Waregem 10-2 
 3. Fleurus 9-4 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 8-4 
 5. Essor Charleroi 8-4 
 6. Excelsior 8-5 
 7. St-Niklase 7-5 
 8. Liege II 7-6 
 9. Sprimont 6-7 
 10. Sint-Jan Ant. 6-7 
 11. M.Hainaut II 4-9 
 12. De Westhoek 2-11 
 13. Gistel 2-11 
 14. Melsele 1-12 


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia has an impressive unofficial list of players who have made it to the NBA - by Chris Mathieu
Bosnia has an impressive unofficial list of players who have made it to the NBA. The most well-known players to make it to the NBA with a connection to Bosnia or to being Bosnian would be the Sarajevo born Serbian sharp shooter Predrag Sasa Danilovic and Vladmir Radmanovic who has had a long career in the NBA. The list of Bosnians and those with roots there go much deeper, however. Starting with Mirsad Turkcan who was born Mirsad Jahovic in Bosniak dominated Sandzak and Hedo Turkoglu who is Turkish of Bosnian descent, both parents are Bosniaks (he was born Hidayet Turkovic). Aleksandar Radojovic, NBA lottery pick was the first Bosnian drafted by the NBA who played in the NBA and represented the Bosnian National Team. Zoran Planinic a Bosnian Croat from Mostar played a few years in the NBA as well, after being a first round draft pick. Mile Illic, Damir (Omerhodzic) Markota both played in the NBA and Edin Bavcic, Nedzad Sinanovic, Josip Sesar, Emir Preldzic, Stanko Barac and Bojan Bogdanovic have all been drafted by the NBA in the last few years.
Mirza Teletovic is the Best Bosnian currently playing basketball that hasnt played in the NBA and wasnt drafted. He has the talent to play in the NBA, but is a star in Europe as one of the best players, so he has little incentive to go to the NBA to fight to be a role player. Bojan Bogandovic has a good chance at sticking in the NBA in a role similar to what Gordan Giricek played while having a long NBA career. It is hard to tell who of the next generation of Bosnians who will make their name playing in the NBA. It was hoped that Nihad Dedovic could be the one to finally break through but hasnt developed as expected after breaking onto the scene a few years ago. It seems his talent may have leveled off and he will have to be happy being a solid European level guard. There is some quality talent of Bosnian origins playing around the globe and in the US but only time will tell if they have what it takes to play on the highest level of basketball.
There is no doubt that Mirza Delibasic had the talent and ability to be a high level NBA player, it seems he was just born 10 years too early to see this dream live. Europeans didnt start getting a chance to play in the NBA till the late 1980s and early 1990s after the end of the cold war and the fall of the Iron curtain. There is no doubt that Mirza was and is the best player in Bosnian basketball history.



BC Khimik and Sasa Vasiljevic decided to split ways - by Chris Mathieu
BC Khimik and Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket) decided to split ways. The point guard joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 5.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Sasa Vasiljevic posted 5.4 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Sasa Vasiljevic arrived to Ukraine last season. He played for BC Donetsk posting 10.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously the guard had stints with Sloga Kraljevo, Hemofarm, Bosna Telecom Sarajevo, Vive Menorca, AEK Athens and VAP Kolossos. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year in 2006. Sasa Vasiljevic is the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. The guard participated at 2011 EuroBasket. He posted 6.4 points, 5.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in Lithuania.

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High-octane Rainmen climbing NBL ranks - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen are on a three-game winning streak and working their way up the National Basketball League of Canada standings.

The Rainmen turned in their best defensive effort of the season on Saturday night at the Metro Centre with a 97-83 win over the second-place Quebec Kebs.

The Rainmen have not only won three straight, theyve won six of eight and their 6-4 record leaves them tied for third overall, 2 12 behind the first-place London Lightning (10-3).

Fifth-year Rainmen forward Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) had a team-high 17 points on Saturday, while Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86, college: Iowa) and Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) had 15 apiece.

The Rainmen visit the Summerside Storm on Thursday and return to Halifax next Sunday to host the Oshawa Power.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Miracles continue shakeup - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles continue to shake things up.

The struggling club will have a different look with four newcomers in the lineup when it faces the Saint John Mill Rats in National Basketball League of Canada action tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum.

Moncton signed three free agents this weekend, including a proven veteran in guard Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) who played last season for the Halifax Rainmen in the Premier Basketball League.

Halifax was allowed to protect five players when it left the PBL and helped found the NBL Canada. Lathan was among this group that got protected, but the native of Chesapeake, Virginia never reported to Rainmen training camp and they released him.

Lathan, 6-foot-6, has significant experience in various professional leagues. Moncton head coach and general manager Mike Evans was Halifax's head coach last season so he knows what he's getting in this acquisition.

'He can get you the basket,' said Evans. 'He's clever around the basket. He's definitely an offensive player. He came off the bench in Halifax last season and had an impact when he entered the game.

'He's a good rebounder. He has a decent mid range game. He's a good on the ball defender. This guy is a pro who takes a lot of pride in the way he plays. I think fans are going to enjoy watching him. He'll bring some excitement to our team.

'He'll bring some valuable experience to our young team. That's one of the reasons I went after him. He can create his own shot off the dribble. He's big enough that he can play with his back to the basket.'

Moncton, 0-10, is last in the league and making significant changes to its 12-man roster part way through the 36-game schedule. It released small forward Joe Webb this weekend and also signed free agents Sylvania Watkins and George Fudge.

Watkins is a 6-foot-8 Atlanta native who plays small forward and power forward. Since completing his American college basketball career, he's played the past four years in professional leagues in Chile, China and the Dominican Republic.

Fudge is a 6-foot-5 small forward from Atlanta. Since finishing his American college basketball career in 2008, he's played in several pro-am tournaments in the United States. The NBL Canada will be his first time playing in a professional league.

Watkins and Fudge were spectators at the last two Miracles' games and they practised with them on tryout last week.

'I like the heart and desire they both show,' said Evans. 'Hopefully, the consistency they've shown in practices rolls into games. Sylvania Watkins is a high energy player who's always moving. He rebounds well. He's a tenacious defender. He takes a lot of pride in what he does on the court.

'George Fudge has good size and strength. He's a left-handed shot which gives lots of people a problem. He's a strong finisher at the basket. He's an aggressive defender who really gets after people.'

Moncton has had an eight-day break to prepare for tomorrow's home game against Saint John. Lathan, Watkins, Fudge and Nick Lother will all make their Miracles' debut in this contest.

Lother, who was acquired in a trade from the London Lightning last week, is a 5-foot-10 point guard. He played in his hometown for the University of Winnipeg and is now a rookie in the professional ranks.

Moncton is averaging 92.4 points for and 106.3 points against per game. That's last in the league offensively and second last defensively.

The Miracles have had 17 players suit up for at least one game so far in their inaugural season. They've traded or released eight players. They have just six players remaining from their 12-man roster in the regular season opener.

The Miracles have added four players and deleted three since their last game, a 104-95 loss against Halifax on Dec. 4.

'We've changed the look of our team in the past week,' said Evans, who's been the Miracles' head coach and general manager for three games. 'We've added experience and I think gotten stronger with these roster moves.

'When you bring in a proven veteran like Trayvon Lathan he's going to push guys for playing time. I think there's going to be more competition within our team for time on the court with these moves we made and that's what you want.'

Moncton has won two out of four quarters in most games, but then hurt itself with turnovers and costly mistakes during letdowns that allowed opponents to pull away on the scoreboard. It has suffered four losses by five points or less.

'It's a group of great guys,' said Watkins. 'There's talent here. We have some great shooters. The mood around the team is positive. I've seen progress in this team in the week I've been here. It's tough being 0-10, but I know we can turn things around.'

'It's a bunch of guys that are willing to work and they really want to win,' added Fudge. 'They've lost a few close games. I'm confident we can get things turned around. There's a good spirit around the team. I'm anxious to begin my first professional experience.'

Courtesy of http://timestranscipt.canadaeast.com


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Dimayor: roster changes for Catolica and Sokol - by Daniel Valencia
After ten rounds of Dimayor 11/12, CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago and Sokol de Antofagasta made some roster changes.

CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago realeased the american guard Derrik de la Granna (178-G-86) and signed John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.). The point guard has playing experience in the NCAA2, Uruguay, Argentina and minor leagues in the United States. Huggins already played two games with Catolica, scoring 13 and 26 points.

Sokol de Antofagasta realeased the american center Matt Kendrick (210-C-90, college: St.Leo). He played six games with averages of 14 points and 11 rebounds per game. As a replacement, Sokol signed the american Xavier Keeling (201-F-88). He has playing experience in the NCCA and the NAIA. He played games from round 9 and 10 with Sokol, scoring 22 and 26 points.




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Boone's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Zhejiang C. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat TianJin R. (#17, 2-8) 103-91. Zhejiang C. maintains the 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Zhejiang C. will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. It's Boone's second year at Zhejiang C. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Josh Boone averages this season 20.9ppg and 10.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86, agency: Interperformances) of Shanxi Zh.. He is American swingman in his first season at Shanxi Zh.. In the last game Williams recorded impressive 33 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Shanxi Zh. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Shandong FB (#13, 3-7) 106-86. This victory allowed Shanxi Zh. to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is a newcomer at Shanxi Zh. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.6ppg (#4). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Guangsha L. (#8). Ramos got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Ramos' great performance Guangsha L. lost 94-101 to the higher-ranked DongGuan L. (#5, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guangsha L. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Ramos has a great season in China. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wilson Chandler (203-F-87) of Guangsha L. - 27 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dong Hanlin (207-F-91) of Guandong ST - 26 points and 12 rebounds
6. J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C. - 33 points and 4 rebounds
7. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shanxi Zh. - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. David Harrison (213-C-82) of TianJin R. - 23 points and 10 rebounds
9. Osama Daghles (198-G-79) of Jilin NE T. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Beijing Ducks - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 8-0 
 2. Apollon 8-1 
 3. Etha 5-4 
 4. Omonia 4-4 
 5. AEK 4-4 
 6. APOEL 4-4 
 7. ENAD 2-5 
 8. AEL 1-7 


ROUND 9- ANALYTICAL STATISTICS and WEEKLY AWARD TO....! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Round 9
1)Top scorer= Subotic - Aek = 27 points
2)Top rebounder= Garcia-Aek + Radunovic - Ael =12 rebounds
3)Top assist man= Palalas - Ael= 9 assists
4)Top stealer= Palalas - Ael + Tutt - Etha = 4 steals
5)Most turnovers= Subotic - Aek = 6 turnovers
6)Best scoring team in Round 9=Omonoia (scored 94 pts)
7)Best defensive team in Round 9=Aek (received 67 pts)

B) Highlights and award Round 9

Important victory for Apollon that beat Etha and is (7-1).
Important victory for Aek against Apoel.

The weekly award goes to Georgios Palalas of Ael (6 rebounds, 22 points, 9 assists, 4 steals).




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Lamayne Wilson claims NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader CEZ Nymburk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Usti n/Labem (#9, 6-11) with 21-point margin 92-71. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 16-1. In the team's last game Wilson had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be CEZ Nymburk's top player in his first season with the team. Lamayne Wilson averages this season 16.1ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-G-84) of Inter Bratislava. Bridgewaters impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Inter Bratislava lost that game 93-98 to the higher-ranked Svitavy (#8, 7-10). Inter Bratislava is still in a red zone at 13th spot in . 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Inter Bratislava managed to get this year. Bridgewaters is a newcomer at Inter Bratislava and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 5.4rpg and 3.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) of BK Prostejov (#4). Smith scored 28 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of BK Prostejov, leading his team to a 117-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Usti n/Labem (#9, 6-11). BK Prostejov is closer and closer to the top of the standings in . They will still need more victories. But 13-3 record is not that bad... Smith has a very solid season. In 15 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy - 27 points and 12 rebounds
5. Jakub Houska (206-C-82) of BK Decin - 20 points and 12 rebounds
6. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84) of BK Pardubice - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of USK Praha - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 18 points and 9 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 5-3 
 2. Springfield A. 4-1 
 3. Canton C. 3-3 
 4. Dakota W. 3-3 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 3-3 
 6. Maine RC 2-4 
 7. Erie Bay H. 2-5 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 1-5 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 6-3 
 2. Bakersfield J. 5-1 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 5-3 
 4. Rio Grande VV 5-4 
 5. Austin T. 4-2 
 6. Idaho S. 2-4 
 7. Reno B. 2-4 
 8. Texas L. 1-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 2. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 4. Costner, Los A.24.6 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.23.3 
 6. Millsap, Los A.23.2 
 7. Moses Randal., Iow.21.5 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.21.3 
 9. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
 10. Allmond, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 5. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 6. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 7. Thomas, Austin T.10.3 
 8. Withers, Dakota W.9.4 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
 10. Andrews, Los A.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.11.8 
 2. Cooksey, Texas L.8.7 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 5. Ewing, Iowa E.7.4 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 7. Snow, Maine RC7.0 
 8. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 9. Coleman, Sioux F.6.0 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.5 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.2.3 
 4. Baker, Dakota W.2.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 6. Hamilton, Los A.2.1 
 7. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Snow, Maine RC2.0 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.8 
 3. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 4. Major, Bakersfi.2.2 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 6. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 7. Milligan, Canton C.1.8 
 8. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 9. Coleman, Rio G.1.6 
 10. Thomas, Springfi.1.6 


Wizards re-acquire Andrew Gonzalez - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced today that they have re-acquired forward Andrew Gonzalez (6'6''-F-89, college: Houston Baptist). Gonzalez will be in uniform today as the Wizards play host to the Tulsa 66ers.

Gonzalez, 6-6 180 from Houston Baptist was drafted by the Wizards in the third round (44th overall) in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. He was the fourth leading scorer in the country last year in NCAA Division 1 averaging 22.9 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30 games earning him First-team all Great West honors.

The current roster stands at 10 players.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


66ers bow to Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket News
Nkem Ojougboh (6'9''-C-87, agency: David Lee services, college: Northeastern) recorded his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Brady Morningstar (6'3''-G-86, college: Kansas) had 14 points and a team-high six assists, but the Tulsa 66ers fell to the Dakota Wizards 93-80 in NBA D-league action Sunday at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Keys: The Wizards used a 32-20 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to claim the victory. Dakota was led by Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) with 23 points. Curtis Withers (6'8''-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Charlotte) added a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Tulsa forced 17 Dakota turnovers and nine steals, led by Ladustin Williams (6'1''-G-89, college: Ark.-Fort Smith) with three. In addition to his double-double, Ojougboh posted two blocks.

Tulsa's Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86, college: Florida St.) scored 15 and Billy Rush had 10.

Notes: Tulsa fell to 5-3. Dakota improved to 3-3.

Up next: 7 p.m. Friday vs. Reno at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


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Muscle add point man McSwine - by Eurobasket Center
Chicago Muscle bolstered their point guard position with savvy international Damien McSwine (193-G-78, college: Loyola, IL). This is a big signing for the new Chicago ball club. McSwine played most recently at Nationwide Allstars (WCBL). He helped them to win regular season. McSwine is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Dominican Rep., France, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Poland, Turkey and Venezuela. McSwine graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2000.

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BRIEF SITDOWN WITH MATT SHAW - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Shaw (203-F-88, college: UNLV), currently approaching the midway point of his frist tour of duty in Europe.Playing for Tallinna Kalev in the Estonian EMKL, currently in 5th place with 2 crucial games heading int the break.
EU: Matt,, how have you found playing in Estonia?
MS: I have found that this is a very competitive league and you may face an opponent that will be prepared for a long, tough game on any given night.
EU: How did you find out out the Estonian league? What compelled you to play in this market?
MS: Well I feel that Estonia is in a great location being close to the Baltic countries, and I feel I can learn a lot from playing in a league like this. Some of the best players in the world have played in this area and this is a great start for me.
EU: Last season, your rookie year, you played in the United States, in the ABA. Please tel us briefly any differences between the US style of play and that of Eastern Europe.
MS: Well off top I can tell you that the first thing I noticed is the difference in games speed. Guys really love to run out here and that was the first thing that caught my attention from day one, is how fast pace the games can be. Aside from the small differences in the FIBA rules that was the main thing that caught my attention.
EU: Please outline for us briefly, what has been the path that brought you here to Estonia this season, and what do u think is on the horizon for you in the very near future.
MS: Well I was told that Estonia would be a great start for me because it is a competitive and respected league, but the skills and things I am learning here I hope to apply at a higher league next year, that is my goal.
EU: With the crucial games looming where do u see Tallinna Kalev headed as you prepare for the midseason break? Any key points to improve on for the club?
MS: Well as with any team there is always improvement on the defensive end. Defense wins games and if there is any area we need to get better at we can start there.
EU: It appears that your versatility is posing match-up problems for opponents, being able to post up due to your size, & strength, but also being to shoot the ball 48% from the fied and 45.5% from 3pt range Is this going to assist the team as you gear up for the fight for playoff position in the 2nd half of the season?
MS: Well this is something I have prided myself in and I think it can be tough for teams in certain situations because I try to spread the floor with my shooting ability. Also if my jump-shot seems to be off then I have no problem going to the post.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family or fans back home in the US?
MS: Only what I tell them all the time, that I appreciate the support, I'm working hard to better myself and this is only the beginning for me.
WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH MATT A STRONG FINISH TO THE 1st HALF OF THE SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
BEST SWISHES MATT!



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Top 16 Draw set for December 28 in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 Draw to determine the groups that make up the second phase of competition will take place on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at Mediapro Auditorium in Barcelona, Spain. The Top 16 Draw is scheduled to begin at 13:00 CET and will be broadcast by live streaming video on Euroleague Basketballs official website, Euroleague.net. The draw marks the next step for the 16 hopeful teams on the road to the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul. Representatives from all of the Top 16 qualifiers will attend the draw, which will determine the path their teams must take to reach the Final Four in May. The games of the Top 16 round will be played on Wednesdays and Thursdays between January 18 and March 1. The best two teams from each Top 16 group will move on to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, a best-of-five series to be played between March 21 and April 5. The playoff winners progress to European basketballs biggest stage, the 2012 Final Four, from May 11 to 13 at Istanbuls Sinan Erdem Arena, where this season's Euroleague Basketball champion will be crowned.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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1st Division round 12 best performance: Gerald January - by Eurobasket News
American-British power forward Gerald January (201-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Nokia, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Jyvaskyla (#11, 1-10) with 23-point margin 103-80. BC Nokia is placed at 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Nokia will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. January turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Former Montevallo University star has very solid stats this year. January is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 55.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Trinidad and Tobago Eze Andrews (201-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) of Ura Basket. Andrews had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Ura Basket was edged by the higher-ranked FoKoPo (#1, 10-2) 103-100. Ura Basket managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Andrews is a newcomer at Ura Basket, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY (#3). Nofflet showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Oulun NMKY, leading his team to a 106-51 easy win against the lower-ranked ToPo Akatemia (#12, 1-11). Oulun NMKY needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Nofflet has a great season in Finland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi - 18 points and 17 rebounds
5. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Oulun NMKY - 12 points and 20 rebounds
6. Walter Baxley (191-G-84) of Lapua - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Emmanuel Jackson (188-G) of Lapua - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jason Stamper (200-F/C-85) of Pyrinto II - 31 points and 7 rebounds
9. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of FoKoPo - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eric Williams (198-F-85) of Lapua - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 11-2 
 2. St Quentin 10-3 
 3. Sorgues 9-4 
 4. Cognac 9-4 
 5. Souffel 9-4 
 6. Blois 8-5 
 7. Orchy 8-5 
 8. Roche 8-5 
 9. Brest 7-6 
 10. Challans 7-6 
 11. Chartres 7-6 
 12. Angers BC 49 6-7 
 13. Lievin 6-7 
 14. Clermont 4-9 
 15. Le Puy 3-10 
 16. Rueil 3-10 
 17. CFBB 1-12 
 18. Montbrison 1-12 


NM1 Round 13: Cognac is defeated by Orchesien BC - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Cognac (9-4) and seventh ranked Orchesien BC (8-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Cognac was defeated by Orchesien BC in a tough game in Orchies 84-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-22. But Cognac won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Orchesien BC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Blois and Roche. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Sorgues and Souffel. Orchesien BC is looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cognac will play against Lievin Basket (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Souffelweyersheim (9-4) against sixteenth ranked Rueil (3-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Souffelweyersheim was crushed by Rueil in 89-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Center Moise Diame (206-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and Georges Mdivani accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Rueil moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Le Puy. Souffelweyersheim at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Cognac and Sorgues. Rueil will play against Le Puy ASMB (#15) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Vendee Challans (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
NM1 top team - Charleville-Mezieres (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Stade Clermont (4-9) 90-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stade Clermont. Damien Pistre fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Simeon Naydenov produced 28 points for lost side. Charleville-Mezieres have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will meet at home league's second-placed Saint-Quentin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against Sorgues (#3) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
17th ranked CFBB (1-12) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Sorgues (9-4) with the biggest margin this round 91-59. Worth to mention a great performance of Damien Griffin who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sorgues moved-up to third place, which they share with Cognac and Souffel. CFBB at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 12 games lost. Sorgues' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Chartres.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Angers BC 49 lost to Blois on the opponent's court 67-73. Roche managed to outperform Chartres in a home game 91-82. Brest recorded a loss to Challans on the road 71-82. Le Puy was defeated by Lievin on its own court 62-72. Montbrison was beaten by St Quentin in Saint-Quentin 84-68.


Blois - Angers BC 49 73-67

Very expected game when 11th ranked Angers BC 49 (6-7) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Blois (8-5) 73-67. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Angers BC 49 was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Blois made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Blois' coach Hugues Occansey allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Olivier Sulpice (192-77) added 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Angers BC 49. Blois maintains sixth place with 8-5 record, which they share with Orchy and Roche. Angers BC 49 at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Montbrison (#18) which should be an easy win for them. Angers BC 49 will play against Orchesien BC (#7) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Blois: G.Staelens 17+3reb+6ast, V.Kaunisto 16+10reb+1ast, J.Tornato 15+11reb, T.Sani 10+5reb, J.Horton 9+4reb+1ast, B.Recoura 2+4ast
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 16+7reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 15+3reb+3ast, T.Ramphort 14+2reb+2ast, P.Drouault 8+1reb, T.Lonzieme 5+4ast, J.Casseus 4+5reb
gschID: 147026


Roche - Chartres 91-82

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Roche and 9th ranked Chartres had identical 7-5 record. This time Roche used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from 91-82. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Chartres won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roche made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 assists. Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Willy Berquier (177-87) answered with 15 points and Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) added 18 points in the effort for Chartres. Four Roche and five Chartres players scored in double figures. Roche (8-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Blois and Orchy. Newly promoted Chartres keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#9) on the road. Chartres will play against CFBB in Paris.
Top scorers:
Roche: B.Thomas 21+2reb+7ast, A.Toto N'Kote 19+4reb+4ast, M.Diallo 17+2reb+2ast, L.Simmons 13+8reb, S.Hermenier 8+7reb+2ast, J.Bestron 6+4reb+1ast
Chartres: M.Vasic 18+1reb+1ast, W.Berquier 15+4reb+3ast, M.Ipouck 14+5reb, H.Jalce 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Bojovic 12+5reb+1ast, G.Merie 5+9reb+2ast
gschID: 147027


CFBB - Sorgues 59-91

17th ranked CFBB (1-12) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Sorgues (9-4) with the biggest margin this round 91-59. The game without a history. Sorgues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 32. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds. Center Xavier Pasut (200-84) contributed with 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Sorgues players scored in double figures. Power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Damien Inglis (198-95) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sorgues moved-up to third place, which they share with Cognac and Souffel. CFBB at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 12 games lost. Sorgues' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Chartres.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: D.Griffin 22+8reb, X.Pasut 14+4reb+1ast, D.Quincy-Jones 11+2reb+2ast, V.Ateba 11+1reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+5reb+1ast, S.Mekdad 10+3reb
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 15+6reb+1ast, D.Inglis 10+5reb+1ast, A.Racine 7+2reb+2ast, B.Dallo 6+4reb+4ast, C.Pontens 6+2ast, L.Paoletti 6+1reb
gschID: 147028


Challans - Brest 82-71

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Etendard de Brest (7-6) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Vendee Challans (7-6) 82-71. Etendard de Brest was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Vendee Challans forced 19 Etendard de Brest turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and center Rafael Lopez (204-86) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Etendard de Brest. Five Vendee Challans and four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Brest and Chartres. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#5) in Souffel. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.Almanson 16+10reb+2ast, F.Herard 14+3reb+7ast, J.Geay 13+3ast, M.Boutry 10+5reb+1ast, R.Boissie 10+6reb+2ast, S.Girma 8+4reb+1ast
Brest: R.Lopez 17+5reb+1ast, Z.Alao 14+3ast, A.Liorel 12+1reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 10+11reb+3ast, B.Vounang 8+1reb+2ast, J.Doreau 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147023


Orchy - Cognac 88-84

The game between third ranked Cognac (9-4) and seventh ranked Orchesien BC (8-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Cognac was defeated by Orchesien BC in a tough game in Orchies 84-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-22. But Cognac won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) scored 26 points. Orchesien BC moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Blois and Roche. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Sorgues and Souffel. Orchesien BC is looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cognac will play against Lievin Basket (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 24+7reb+1ast, J.Bluntt 21+5reb+1ast, E.Barbry 13+7reb+5ast, O.Gouez 9+3reb, D.Hayes 6+3reb+1ast, D.Cilly 6+9reb+3ast
Cognac: M.Bigote 26+2ast, I.Caskill 20+16reb+2ast, J.Godin 15+2reb+4ast, N.Kaczmarow 9+3reb+1ast, C.Bertorelle 7+4reb, I.Saounera 5+1ast
gschID: 147024


Le Puy - Lievin 62-72

Everything went according to plan in Le Puy en Velay where thirteenth ranked Lievin Basket (6-7) beat 15th ranked Le Puy ASMB (3-10) 72-62. The game was mostly controlled by Lievin Basket. Le Puy ASMB was better in third quarter 21-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Le Puy ASMB to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 36-21 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Central African forward Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-83, college: G.Washington) answered with 27 points and swingman Guillaume Sene (197-86) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Le Puy ASMB. Lievin Basket moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Angers BC 49. Le Puy ASMB lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with ten games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Cognac (#4) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Puy ASMB will play against Rueil (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lievin: T.Sanborn 19+12reb+2ast, V.Lehut 18+3reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 11+3reb+2ast, C.Dacourt 8, J.Dessart 8+3reb+5ast, A.Hoard 4+6reb
Le Puy: R.Koundjia-Sindo 27+1reb, G.Sene 13+2reb+5ast, Y.Smail 8+6reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 6+2reb, A.Daube 5+3reb+4ast, S.Borval 3+7reb
gschID: 147025


Clermont - Charleville 78-90

NM1 top team - Charleville-Mezieres (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Stade Clermont (4-9) 90-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stade Clermont. The game without a history. Charleville-Mezieres led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Damien Pistre (190-83) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Bulgarian swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 28 points and American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) added 18 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Charleville-Mezieres and four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will meet at home league's second-placed Saint-Quentin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stade Clermont will play against Sorgues (#3) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Charleville: D.Pistre 22+5reb, N.Racon 18+3reb+2ast, T.Toney 15+9reb+3ast, F.Calvez 13+2reb+4ast, F.Bourdillon 12+3reb+1ast, C.Belser 6+3reb+5ast
Clermont: S.Naydenov 28+3reb+1ast, J.McClark 18+12reb+1ast, X.Delarue 12+3reb+3ast, J.Beugnot 10+5reb, M.Diakite 4+1reb, J.Cortey 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 147020


Rueil - Souffel 89-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Souffelweyersheim (9-4) against sixteenth ranked Rueil (3-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Souffelweyersheim was crushed by Rueil in 89-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. Souffelweyersheim was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 53-30 second half run of Rueil. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Souffelweyersheim's 32 and made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Rueil forced 25 Souffelweyersheim turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Souffelweyersheim's players. Center Moise Diame (206-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and Georgian center Georges Mdivani (205-85, agency: Promotex) accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Five Rueil and four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Rueil moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Le Puy. Souffelweyersheim at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Cognac and Sorgues. Rueil will play against Le Puy ASMB (#15) in Le Puy en Velay in the next round. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Vendee Challans (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rueil: M.Diame 24+16reb, M.Niakate 17+1reb+4ast, S.Cabarkapa 16+3reb+3ast, G.Mdivani 12+8reb+5ast, C.Mansare 10+2reb+3ast, G.Duro 6+2reb+4ast
Souffel: S.Kancel 12+1reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 12+2reb+5ast, J.Bach 12+2reb+2ast, J.Begarin 11+5reb+3ast, J.Alingue 10+3reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 147021


St Quentin - Montbrison 84-68

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Montbrison (1-12) was defeated on the road by second ranked Saint-Quentin (10-3) 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Montbrison was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Forward Kevin Mondesir (203-91) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Montbrison. Saint-Quentin maintains second place with 10-3 record behind leader Charleville. Montbrison lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. Saint-Quentin's next round opponent will be league's leader Charleville-Mezieres on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Montbrison will play against Blois (#6).
Top scorers:
St Quentin: D.Williams 21+5reb+2ast, G.Sylvain 13+3reb, J.Ball 12+6ast, K.Bichard 11+4reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 10+11reb+3ast, A.Rambur 6+1reb+4ast
Montbrison: K.Mondesir 20+5reb+1ast, L.Biela 14+5reb+1ast, J.St Robert 10+7reb+1ast, S.Salvis 6+1reb, A.Dumoulin 6+2reb+1ast, F.Giraud 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147022




Rochestie's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
26-year old point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Le Mans and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Le Mans in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Roanne (#9, 5-5) 70-67. Le Mans is placed at 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Mans will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Rochestie had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Le Mans' top player in his first season with the team. Washington State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rochestie is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.9apg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP and 53.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg. He is American-Dominican Rep. swingman in his 2nd season at Strasbourg. In the last game Greer recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Strasbourg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#15, 2-8) 108-76. This victory allowed Strasbourg to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Greer is well-known at Strasbourg and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois (#5). Chatfield scored 29 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Paris-Levallois, leading his team to a 94-87 win against the lower-ranked Cholet (#10, 4-6). Paris-Levallois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Chatfield has a great season in France. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.2ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 50.6% and 3PT: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon - 27 points and 3 rebounds
5. DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81) of Le Havre - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 13 points and 13 rebounds
8. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) of Nancy - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Chris Oliver (198-F-85) of Strasbourg - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jahsha BLUNTT
  Orchy
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Bluntt, Orchy18.8 
 2. Thomas, Roche18.6 
 3. Almanson, Challans18.0 
 4. Belser, Charleville17.8 
 5. Bigote, Cognac17.8 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest17.5 
 7. Kaunisto, Blois17.1 
 8. Koundjia-S., Le Puy16.5 
 9. Petrovic, Orchy16.5 
 10. St Robert, Montb.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.3 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.4 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.4 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin9.8 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest9.4 
 6. Pearson, Angers B.8.4 
 7. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 8. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 9. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.6 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.5 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.2 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.0 
 6. Ball, St Quentin4.4 
 7. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.2 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Damien PISTRE
  Charleville
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pistre, Charleville2.4 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 3. Bassine, Sorgues1.8 
 4. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Blois1.8 
 6. Bigote, Cognac1.8 
 7. Calvez, Charleville1.8 
 8. Moupegnou, Cognac1.7 
 9. Cretaux, Lievin1.7 
 10. Gourari, Rueil1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel2.0 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.2 
 5. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 6. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 7. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, CFBB0.9 
 9. Borval, Le Puy0.9 
 10. Casseus, Angers0.8 


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Giorgi Gamqrelidze's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Olympus, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 25-year old player recorded a triple-double of 27 points and added10 rebounds and 14 assists, while his team outclassed Dinamo Tbilisi (#7, 3-5) with 33-point margin 99-66. Olympus maintains the 2nd position in Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Olympus would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Gamqrelidze had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Olympus' top player in his first season with the team. Giorgi Gamqrelidze has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.7apg. Gamqrelidze

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) of MIA Tbilisi. Blair had a very good evening with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead MIA Tbilisi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Samedicino (#9, 3-6) 105-80. This victory allowed MIA Tbilisi to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Blair is a newcomer at MIA Tbilisi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.3rpg and 5.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi (#3). Barbakadze got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Kutaisi, leading his team to a 107-78 easy win against the lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (#8, 3-5). Kutaisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Barbakadze has a great season in Georgia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (8th best). He also has FGP: 71.1% and 3PT: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of Kutaisi - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Beka Bekauri (207-C-91) of Samedicino - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Soso Shermadini (208-F-85) of TSU Tbilisi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Revaz Chachanidze (183-G-90) of Rustavi - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ben Woodside (180-PG-85) of Armia - 19 points and 6 assists
9. Mikheil Chitashvili (193-G-84) of TSU Tbilisi - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olympus - 12 points and 10 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Keith Simmons (Banvit, Turkey) We Wont Underestimate Frankfurt. Even Without Gray and Leuer, They Gave Us A Tough Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 196cm guard from Kingston, New York that is playing his fifth professional basketball season and fourth in Turkey. He played at Holy Cross (NCAA) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 16.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 34.9%, FT: 76.7%. In 2007-2008, he played for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 30 games: 16.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.5%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 1 month: EuroChallenge: 8 games: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 33 games: 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 74.1%. He has played for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-TBL) since 2009. Last season, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 10.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 87.5%; Turkish League: 38 games: 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 76.4%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the Eurocup game against the Fraport Skyliners December 13th.

Congrats on the 86-67 win against Besiktas Istanbul. How noticeable was the absence of the NBA players?

Their big man was already hurt and was also missing. Any time that you lose a guy like Deron Williams, it will effect their game. I think that they will be ok in the long run though.

What was key in getting win against Besiktas Istanbul?

The key was just playing defense. Our goal is always to defend well and make the opponent take tough shots. We got easy baskets through good defense and kept the point total down.

How tough is it playing against Americans Marcelius kemp and David Hawkins? A 1-2 punch like them is hard to control.

Those two guys are very good players. We did a pretty good job making them take tough shots.

Banvit is 2-2 in Eurocup play and the Fraport Skyliners 0-4. How you guys going into this game?

We played well last week against Gran Canaria and beat Besiktas so important for us is to keep the momentum and keep building on it in the next games.

After the slim 73-72 win against Frankfurt in Turkey, what will Banvit have to do better this time?

We have to defend better. Jimmy Mckinney and Jermareo Davidosn played very well. We have to focus on those guys more. If we play good defense, that will help our offense and give us self confidence.

Frankfurt is without Justin Gray and Jon Leuer who average combined 28 points per game. However I am sure that you still wont underestimate Frankfurt?

We wont underestimate Frankfurt. Even without Gray and Leuer, they gave us a tough game.

What was it like playing against Quantez Robertson?

It was fun playing against him and Jimmy Mckinney as well. It is always a challenge to play against good competitors.

What is your nicest memory from the Ballsporthalle?

We had a lot of fun there especially before the Christmas break. I remember the big win against Oldenburg, but during that time, we were beating everyone by double digits. We had had injuries to Jimmy, Lorenzo and I, but we came back and had gotten Titus Ivory and Greg Jenkins. I remember how good the team chemistry was and how well we were playing.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Seriously Funny with Kevin Hart.

Thanks Keith for the chat.




A.J. Rudowitz claims ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vechta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Rist Wedel (#12, 4-10) 89-87. Vechta maintains the 3rd position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vechta will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Rudowitz turned to be Vechta's top player in his first season with the team. A.J. Rudowitz averages this season 16.4ppg and 8.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Demetrius Jemison (203-F) of Fraport SKY II. Jemison impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Fraport SKY II to another comfortable win 89-72 over slightly lower-ranked Giessen (#11, 2-11) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in South. But Fraport SKY II managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Fraport SKY II managed to get this year. Jemison is a newcomer at Fraport SKY II and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was international guard Dennis Schroeder (186-G-93) of second-ranked SU Medien. Schroeder showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of SU Medien, leading his team to a 85-81 win against the lower-ranked Schwelm (#6, 8-6). SU Medien needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in North. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 4 lost games. Schroeder has a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (8th best) and assists with 7.1apg (best passer). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) of SU Medien - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marco Voeller (201-F-89) of Langen - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of Hannover - 24 points and 10 rebounds
7. Luke Fitzgerald (202-C/F-87) of Langen - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kellen Williams (194-F-84) of Stahnsdorf - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Danny Sumner (201-F-87) of Giessen - 33 points and 3 rebounds
10. Anthony Pettaway (203-C-87) of Rist Wedel - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Chris Alexander claims ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for ETB Wohnbau and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and three assists for ETB Wohnbau in his team's victory, helping them to beat Karlsruhe (#14, 3-10) 93-87. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. ETB Wohnbau is placed at 11th position in German ProA. ETB Wohnbau is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. In the team's last game Alexander had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at ETB Wohnbau and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Southern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alexander is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old American guard Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances) of Duesseldorf. Reese impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Duesseldorf lost that game 63-70 to the lower-ranked Webmoebel (#9, 7-6). Duesseldorf managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Reese is a newcomer at Duesseldorf and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of second-ranked Kirchheim. Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, eight rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Kirchheim, leading his team to a 89-77 win against the lower-ranked Cuxhaven (#10, 6-7). Kirchheim needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Smith has a great season in Germany. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.2apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bjoern Schoo (213-F/C-81) of Heidelberg - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Billy Baptist (196-F-87) of Crailsheim - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) of Karlsruhe - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88) of Webmoebel - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. DeWayne Richardson (202-C-77) of Leitershofen - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ike Okoye (206-F) of NBC - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe - 14 points and 12 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


1.Bundesliga round 12 best performance: John Bryant - by Eurobasket News
American center John Bryant (208-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ratiopharm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed EWE Baskets (#9, 6-5) with 18-point margin 101-83. Ratiopharm maintains the 2nd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They are still close to the very top. Ratiopharm would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Bryant had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ratiopharm and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Santa Clara University star has very solid stats this year. Bryant leads league in rebounds with 9.9rpg. Bryant is in league's top in and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old former international Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) of Fraport SKY. Ohlbrecht had a very good evening with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Fraport SKY lost that game 71-79 to the higher-ranked Bayreuth (#10, 6-6). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Fraport SKY keeps 16th position. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Fraport SKY managed to get this year. Ohlbrecht is a newcomer at Fraport SKY and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Telekom Baskets (#11). Ensminger scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Ensminger's great performance Telekom Baskets lost 76-80 to the higher-ranked NY Phantoms (#5, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Telekom Baskets needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Ensminger has a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Art.Dragons - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79) of LTi 46ers - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of ALBA - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of Art.Dragons - 17 points and 5 rebounds
8. Povilas Cukinas (210-C-83) of Walter Tigers - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Bobby Brown (188-G-84) of EWE Baskets - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Jacob Burtschi Moves From The ACB To The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes when something doesnt work in one place, it never hurts to go back to a place where your comfortable as Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) will do returning back to the Beko BBL as he was offered a contract by the Fraport Skyliners. Burtschi had a super rookie season last year in Germany as a 26 year old rookie, but was unable to make a name for himself in the ACB, the best basketball league in Europe with CAI Zaragoza this season as he played nine games averaging 2,6ppg and2,4rpg in 13,9 minutes per game. Burtschi has come to Frankfurt, as the Skyliners are in desperate need of a power forward since the departure of Jon Leuer who went to the Milwaukee Bucks. Burtschi is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma that is a very versatile player that can shoot the ball, rebound and is a superb passer for his size. A big strength for the American is his ability to read defenses and put himself or teammates in a position to score. Last season for Phoenix Hagen, he played 33 games: 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. 'After the deaprture of Jon Leuer to the nBA, we had to strengthen our roster. We are happy that Burtschi comes as he has much BBL experience. We hope to improve our defense and get help on offense from him', stated Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin.He played at Air Force (NCAA) from 2003-2007, and in his senior year played 35 games: 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He couldnt turn professional earlier. 'I had a commitment to the Air Force, served my time, and then had an opportunity to chase a childhood dream', added Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Now Burtschi will have the chance to put Quantez Robertson into flight in each game. 'All I have to do is throw it near the backboard and Tez would handle the rest. I'm sure it would happen sooner than later', warned Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). Burtschi reached the NIT final 4 in 2007 and won the 2011 Beko BBL three point shooting contest at the All star game.'I am looking forward to have the chnace to play for the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt is a great gity with great basketball tradition. I will give everything so we can try to turn the season around. I play with full energy and always try to give the team exactly what it needs. It doesn't matter if it is rebounds, finding the open guy, defending or scoring myself', warned Jacob Burtschi.'Jacob is a very versatile player that is athletic. We hope to get new impulses at both ends of the court', addressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak.

Source: Fraport Skyliners



Ekene Ibekwe Slithers Like An Angry Snake Dunking BBC Bayreuth Past The Fraport Skyliners 79-71 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A few weeks ago, BBC Bayreuth basketball freaks may have been dreaming of Kevin Durant matching the 50 points of Deron Williams in a beko BBL game, meeting the NBA superstar in the city and holding a you tube moment forever, or examining his athletic moves and then making a fool of themselves trying to copy him, but since Durant never arrived, the basketball life in the Bavarian city that gave the world the musical composer has returned back to normal. However the team has showed that they dont really need an NBA superstar as the team continues to play super basketball ever since Danny Gibson returned and new coach Marc Van Den Berg took the helm as the team has cut down their points allowed from 83 to 66. The team has sparkled like classic red wine on the court with solid team basketball with versatility at every position and came into the Fraport arena resting at position 11 and Kevin Durant 5007 miles away in Oklahoma leaving his play in a tiny part of their brain as they won their fifth game in their last six games stifling the Fraport Skyliners in their own living room 79-71. After the big win in Hagen last weekend, The Fraport Skyliners had to play catch up basketball in the second half never being able to retake the lead. We played soft defense and didnt make the necessary stops when we should of. We have to learn from these mistakes. BBC Bayreuth played very physical and we didnt. Even when we got close there was something missing. We are good enough to get close, but not good enough to win, stated Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin. BBC Bayreuth played a very solid second half always going on small runs and just out playing the Skyliners in every phase of the game. The key to the win tonight was our aggressiveness on defense. We were able to execute well on offense always finding the open man. We took the game on and not let the game come to us, stressed BBC Bayreuth player Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland) What was really impressive was even when Frankfurt came back, BBC Bayreuth was able to stay consistent as a team and play through pressure. Our coach has preached staying together since he came. We keep fighting no matter what even in times when the opponent is pressuring us, added BBC Bayreuth point guard Danny Gibson.

Two guys that shaped the play of their teams were German national player Tim Ohlbrecht and BBC Bayreuth forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe The last years havent been easy for Tim Ohlbrecht after having been compared to German superstar Dirk Nowitzki and being seen as a NBA Draft pic, the development of the German have been slow as he seemed to move more back then forward in Bonn the last two years. He came to Frankfurt with a short term contract resting on his shoulders until the end of December. Against BBC Bayreuth, Ohlbrecht showed that he wants to be rewarded with that contract extension as he poured in a career high 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. The German began strong and capped it off with 10 points in the fourth quarter and taking over, but unfortunately not getting enough support from his teammates to get over the hump with the win. One could see how focused Ohlbrecht was, and when he gets the confidence and playing time can produce strong numbers. It felt good being out there. I wanted to win so bad out there. Coach Katzurin knows what I can do and I have the potential to play like this. I just have to keep playing like this in the next games, added Tim Ohlbrecht. Tim is a great player. This was his breakout game. He is a solid rebounder, can block shots and with Leuer gone has to have more games like that, stressed Michael Thompson. Ex NBA player Brandon Hunter who was drafted in 2003 by the Boston Celtics and played also for the Orlando Magic is a man for few words as he didnt have much to describe the performance by Ohlbrecht except uttering one word congratulations.

Ekene Ibekwe was the force on the court for BBC Bayreuth as he quickly showed his ability forcing Ohlbrecht to a miss on the first Frankfurt possession, then making a lay in past the German and then on the third play blocking young German Skyliner Danilo Barthel. He finished the game with 19 points, five rebounds and two blocks and dunked over Jermareo Davidson and Tim Ohlbrecht. He was near unstoppable and looked like a long reptile doing damage under the boards on offense and defense. Ibekwe has NBA athleticism and most teams know that. He is like a snake slithering around under the basket, smiled teammate Danny Gibson. Michael Thompson didnt have to defend him at his position, but got a good impression of what the Nigerian could do. Ibekwe is agreat athlete, great shooter from all over, can block shots and reminds me of Phoenix Sun Hakim Warrick. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte was burned a few times by the ex Artland Dragon. Ibekwe is so athletic, but his teammates set him up so well too. He really hurt us with his three pointer two, commented Marius Nolte. I have heard the comparison to Warrick. I try to be more than one dimensional hitting that three pointer at times. My teammates do a good job finding me. I used my athletic ability as best I can since I know that I can jump, stressed Ekenechukwu Ibekwe

4120, fans came to see the next fight to stay in the Beko BBL as the Fraport Skyliners started off slowly, but found their rhythm mid way through the first quarter. Beckham Wyrick who is a player that each team wants got BBC Bayreuth going getting a lay in after catching a Brandon Hunter airball and then nailing a three pointer over Quantez Robertson as Frankfurt trailed 7-4. Frankfurt got on track quickly as Jimmy Mckinney made a fade away jumper from the wing and Michael Thompson made a floater as Frankfurt had their first lead 8-7. Wyrick scored again scoring with a hard penetration to the basket as BBC Bayreuth led 9-8. Frankfurt then went on a 7-3 run to lead 16-11. Ohlbrecht made two dunks as the team was able to catch BBC Bayreuth napping a few times not getting back on transition. Robertson then scored on a fast break hoop. Down the stretch, Frankfurt kept the momentum and lead, but never was able to totally pull away as BBC Bayreuth always seemed to have an answer to stay on the Frankfurt tail. Ibekwe hit a three pointer, but Mckinney retaliated with a bomb from downtown as Frankfurt still had the upper hand 23-16. Young German Stefan Schmidt scored inside and Thompson closed out the first quarter with a three pointer as BBC Bayreuth trailed 26-19. Frankfurt started off very concentrated and hit many shots. Jimmy Mckinney also found his rhythm quickly, stated Fraport Skyliner PRO B player Amil Klisura. We gave up 26 points. Thats basketball. We got off to a slow start, but fought back never giving up, expressed Brandon Hunter. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 64% from the field and 100% from outside, while BBC Bayreuth was shooting 42% from the field and 40% from outside. Frankfurt had the 7-4 rebound edge and one turnover while BBC Bayreuth had two turnovers.

A basketball game isnt a basketball with runs and this was something that would continue to grow as the game passed on. BBC Bayreuth got their first run to kick off the second quarter going on a 10-2 run to retake the lead 29-28. Ibekwe started the second quarter with a monster dunk over Davidson and then hit a three pointer. The dunks seemed to be on the BBC Bayreuth menu as American Tyler Smith unlaunced a thunderous dunk from the wing over Nolte. Ibekwe then dunked over Ohlbrecht as the once Frankfurt lead had evaporated in air. BBC Bayreuth had stepped up the aggressiveness on defense and were doing the little things better like getting offensive rebounds and just picking up their intensity which Frankfurt couldnt match. Frankfurt did gte the lead back with a nice left handed lay in by Ohlbrecht 30-29. However Frankfurt was unable to stop these mini BBC Bayreuth runs. Brandon Hunter made a left handed mini hook shot and Danny Gibson found a crack in the zone and scored easily as BBC Bayreuth led 35-10. Frankfurt continued to fight and claw back, but BBC Bayreuth made some big plays to keep the lead. Ex Villanova star Corey Stokes caught a bullet in the zone stepped out to the wing and made a beautiful fade away jumper and Ibekwe scored on an easy lay in as Gibson scooted into the zone with two seconds and made the no look pass. Ohlbrecht kept Frankfurt in the game with hoops in the zone and making a tip in dunk off a Thompson shot as BBC Bayreuth escaped into halftime with a tight 40-39 lead. One could see that when Thompson is on the bench, the Frankfurt game loses structure. BBC Bayreuth put more pressure on Frankfurt and they were unable to defend BBC Bayreuth well on 1-1 defense giving up easy baskets, stressed Amil Klisura. We played more aggressive on defense in the second quarter as everyone helped each other, commented Brandon Hunter. BBC Bayreuth was shooting 50% from the field and 33% from the three point line as The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 67% from the three point line. BBC Bayreuth had the slim 16-15 rebound edge and both teams had five turnovers a piece.

In the third quarter, BBC Bayreuth was able to keep their nose in front despite a Mckinney hoop which gave The Fraport Skyliners their last lead of the game 41-40. The Fraport Skyliners had big problems preventing BBC Bayreuth runs and were hit with a 15-4 run as BBC Bayreuth led comfortably 55-43. Corey Stokes started slowly hitting one of his first three shots, but got going in the third quarter hitting an uncontested three pointer and then a fade away jumper as BBC Bayreuth led 46-41. Ever since I was a kid, I have always believed that I will make every shot. Even if I miss 20 shots, I will take that 21st shot. I am happy that I have a lot of confidence from coach and my teammates, stressed BBC Bayreuth American Corey Stokes. Robertson then scored inside retrieving a shovel pass from Davidson, but whenever Frankfurt was pressing, BBC Bayreuth would continue to score no matter how tough the situation was as Gibson nailed a three pointer with one second left on the shot clock and Tyler Smith scored over Ohlbrecht. Hunter then made a pretty spin move around Nolte and Davidson feeding the ball to Ibekwe for the easy lay in as BBC Bayreuth led 55-43. Frankfurt finished the third quarter with a 9-4 run getting closer, but still trailing 57-52 after three quarters. Davidson was able to get to the free throw line and score inside and Thompson scored inside and Robertson showed some of that explosiveness taking that first step to the hole and three pointer scoring. We lost our rhythm a bit in the third quarter. The technical fouls really hurt us and seemed to get momentum on their side, stressed Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. We continued to be very aggressive on offense and defense and continued to pressure them, stressed Danny Gibson. BBC Bayreuth was shooting 49% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. BBC Bayreuth had the 24-21 rebound edge, but eight turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners started their comeback in the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run to cut the BBC Bayreuth lead to 61-58. Tim Ohlbrecht scored all six points scoring inside, dunking over Brandon Hunter and scoring inside again. Super Tez Robertson let out a scream as the whole Fraport arena was cooking. However it would be the small runs and new burst of offensive energy from BBC Bayreuth that continued to hurt Frankfurt. Frankfurt allowed BBC Bayreuth on a 5-0 run to lead 66-58. Gibson scored from down town again and Wyrick sneaked inside making a tip in off a Hunter miss.I like to take the big shots always. The team has a lot of confidence in me, said Danny Gibson. Ohlbrecht then made four free throws in a row, but it was time for another 5-0 BBC Bayreuth run as Gibson hit a gigantic three pointer and Stefan Schmidt made a mid distance jumper as BBC Bayreuth led 71-62. Frankfurt countered with their own 5-0 run as Johannes Herber brought new life into their living room with a three pointer and Ohlbrecht kept his composure at the free throw line hitting twice as Frankfurt trailed only 71-67. However time was running down and BBC Bayreuth continued to make shots as Hunter hit a mid distance jumper as Frankfurt trailed 73-67. Thompson made a pretty, but difficult floater from the wing, but BBC Bayreuth continued to get to the free throw line as they led 75-69. With under a minute to play, Super Tez went coast to coast in a three second sprint as Frankfurt trailed 75-71. However Ibekwe and Gibson ended the game with free throws as Frankfurt lost 79-71. It was the small things that cost us the win. They made open shots, back doors or lay ups, stressed Tim Ohlbrecht.We played together for 40 minutes something coach has been stressing since he came, added Brandon Hunter. We had too many let ups on defense. We gave Gibson too many open shots. We have to stay even stronger when we are on runs, added Michael Thompson.

BBC Bayreuth was led by Ekene Ibekwe with 19 points and five rebounds. Danny Gibson had 18 points and five assists. Corey Stokes added 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Tim Ohlbrecht with 27 points. Quantez Robertson had 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. Jermareo Davidson chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds. BBC Bayreuth shot better than The Fraport Skyliners after 40 minutes shooting 48% from the field and 44% from down town while Frankfurt shot 44% from the field and a miserable 30% form down town. After the strong rebounding performance in Hagen, Frankfurt lost the rebounding battle 33-29. The two best things that Frankfurt did was taking care of the ball which can be credited to the continued nice development by Michael Thompson having only nine turnovers and gave up only two fast break points. Our biggest strength was controlling the tempo. We did a good job getting back on defense and making more of halfcourt game. Despite the loss, both Frankfurt and BBC Bayreuth know that Frankfurt shouldnt be down that low. A positive to the loss is that we have so much potential and have the ability to get higher back in standings, stressed Tim Ohlbrecht. We never underestimated Frankfurt. They are a good team. It isnt easy losing Jon Leuer. You have to play at a very high level to beat Frankfurt, warned Corey Stokes. A basketball has 40 minutes and Frankfurt needs to always keep that in mind. We have to work even harder and just put together a 40 minute game, warned Michael Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners can attempt to give a 40 minute effort on December 13th when they face off against Banvit (Turkey) in Eurocup play.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Are Having Fun And Enjoying Our Time At The Top - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket after the 101-83 win against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

The opening game in the new Ulm arena and you come out with a huge 101-83 win. Describe the atmosphere in the new arena and what did you like most about the new arena?

It was a big presentation opening the new arena, there were fireworks and lasers as well as a video presentation to begin the evening. The fans were great and it was a fun atmosphere in our new 'home.'

Critics have said that ratiopharm Ulm hasnt really been tested by the top teams except for Bamberg. Now you beat one of the top teams Oldenburg. Can one say now that ratiopharm Ulm is for real?

Traditionally Ulm has not been at the top near the Berlins and Bambergs, we are working to change the culture in Ulm and the perception around the league of Ulm. I think that teams are tested every night in the Beko BBL, there are no gimmes in this league. We had 8 out of our first 11 on the road, we battled teams and won our fair share through that stretch. The people inside our locker room believe and if we continue to handle our business others will eventually take notice.

ratiopharm Ulm led big 69-40 after three quarters. What were the main reasons for controlling the game like this?

Depth, we were constantly attacking with different positions all through the night. When the minutes start to add up for the opposing players, we are putting fresh guys in to push the pace and tighten up the defense.

In the fourth quarter Oldenburg fought back scoring 33 points. Was that just a typical reaction that can happen when your leading by almost 30 points letting up a bit?

I think that we slacked a little on the defense and fell into trading baskets with them because we scored 32 pts in the 4th as well.

What was the biggest strength of ratiopharm Ulm on this day?

Like I said earlier, our depth. Everyone that played contributed to this victory. We were using the energy from the fans to get this big win.

How important has been sharing the ball this season. Mason-Griffin and Nankivil came up with big help in the scoring department.

They are both big factors on our team, I have to throw in Bastie Betz as well. We know that when these guys come in they are threats to score and can change games with their defense. It is tough for opposing teams when you sub guys in that can be in the first 5.

How much do you like playing spoiler as a team hanging out with the big guns Bamberg and Berlin an d not letting them have their fun at the top?

We are having fun and enjoying our time at the top.

The New York Knicks have gotten Tyson Chandler and waived Chauncey Billups. How much will this trade and dealing help the team?

It depends on how well Chandler adjusts to a new system and if they can get a point guard that sets him up like Kidd and Paul used to.

What X-mas tradition do you miss most from home?

Being with family. My Mamma used to hide our presents and write riddles for us to find them.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



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Psileas' 35-point game gives him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old forward Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lavrio and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 35 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Lavrio in his team's victory, helping them to beat Periko/Arhelaos (#15, 4-7) 77-67. Lavrio is placed at 5th position in A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lavrio will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Psileas had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Lavrio, through which he has constantly improved. Psileas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.0ppg) and averages solid 55.0% FGP and 54.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83, agency: FCM) of Arkadikos. He is former international forward in his first season at Arkadikos. In the last game Gizogiannis recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Arkadikos to another comfortable win 92-73 over the lower-ranked Perama Ermis (#9, 5-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Arkadikos to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gizogiannis is a newcomer at Arkadikos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#4). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of AEK (#3). Sklavos scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of AEK, leading his team to a 74-66 win against AEK/Argous (#16, 0-11). AEK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Sklavos has a great season in Greece. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miron Papadakis (183-G-88) of Arkadikos - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 14 assists
5. Thomas Nikou (185-G-79) of Panelefsiniakos - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-C-84) of Panelefsiniakos - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Evaggelis Margaritis (202-F/C-82) of Ikaroi Serron - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) of OFI - 27 points
10. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Amyntas Dafnis - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Diamantidis' 18 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Panathinaikos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 18 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Panathinaikos in his team's victory, helping them to crush PAOK (#8, 3-5) with 17-point margin 77-60. Panathinaikos is placed at 3rd position in league. They are still close to the very top. Panathinaikos would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. Diamantidis has many years of experience at Panathinaikos, through which he has constantly improved. Diamantidis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 78.3% FGP and 47.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Zack Wright (188-G-85) of AGOR. He is American guard in his first season at AGOR. In the last game Wright recorded impressive 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course AGOR cruised to a 77-67 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Panionios (#4, 6-2). This victory allowed AGOR to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at AGOR and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Hernold Gardener (205-C-82) of Ilysiakos (#9). Gardener scored 18 points. Despite Gardener's great performance Ilysiakos lost 70-76 to the higher-ranked Kolossos (#2, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ilysiakos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gardener could try to bring Ilysiakos' a little bit higher in the standings. Gardener has a very solid season. In 8 games in Greece he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) of Panionios - 16 points and 5 rebounds
5. Ruben Boykin (201-F-85) of Kolossos - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Dionte Christmas (196-G-86) of AGOR - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiakos - 13 points and 9 rebounds
8. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-F/C-83) of Marousi - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) of PAOK - 14 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


B' Division: Round 11 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
Irakleio - Koroivos 77-70
Quarters: 12-15, 34-36, 59-52, and 77-70
A great game took place in Crete where the home team of Coaches Rallis and Bitzanis finally won the game against the very good and solid team of Koroivos Amaliadas. At the beginning it was the visiting site of Coach Eleftheropoulos who took the lead and kept it for nearly 25 minutes before the amazing performance of Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) (currently 3rd scorer in the league) stopped due to the fact that he got tired. Antonis Godopoulos was one team by himself and especially from the parameter was nearly perfect as his 6 out of 8 three pointers proves so. With solid team-work by the home team and with the duet Petrakis and Vasilis Agapitos (196-F-81) in a good day the home team took the lead after the first half of the third period and never lost it.
Irakleio: Vasilis Agapitos 15, Petrakis 13 points 5 rebounds and 6 assists, Kotoulas 9.
Koroivos: Antonis Godopoulos 27, Sakellarakis 12 and Makris 14.

Stratoni Diagoras Rodou 71-83
Quarters: 6-31, 24-48, 44-63, 71-83
One teams show took place in the Stratonis home court and that wasnt the home team as Diagoras Rodou who traveled all the way to the North of the country with only 8 players succeeded an easy road win which was quite hopeless in the papers but Stratoni of Coach Mythou was lower than any expectation and the result is 100% fair. Coach Tsakiris saw 5 of his 8 players scoring double digits and he was very pleased of course. It is worth mentioned that Mythou had only nine players too as some of his key players are still in the injury list.
Stratoni: Pavlos Pipiliaris (189-G-83) 21, Pegias 15, Vasiliadis 14
Diagoras: Costas Vogiatzis (203-F-85) 15, Stavros Pardakas (201-F-84) 18, Gogidis 17, Gavanopoulos 13, Kounoupis 11.

Egaleo Niki Volou 90-55
Quarters: 32-16, 55-26, 70-41, and 90-55
The supposed to be derby between the 2nd seated team of Coach Zafiroudis, Niki Volou and among the last teams in the league table; Egaleo never took place as Coach Hatzigiannakos saw his team playing an extra terrestrial basketball and be able to thrash the team of Niki Volou in a difference which reach the 40 points!! The 400 fans of Egaleo saw their team being perfect and against a very strong team such as Niki Volou this season to show a great character and leaving promises for better future results.
Egaleo: Baltas 13, Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) 14, Atzamoglou 14, and Simeopoulos 12
Niki: Mihalis Frousklias (197-G-87) 13

Doukas - Iraklis 79-56
Iraklis couldnt follow the rhythm of Coach Giannopoulos team and after the second period the young players of Albanis surrender totally. Even though the team of Albanis started quite decent the key players of the team like Neofitidis who was the MVP in the previous round against Doukas he was not even present in the court as his 4 points do prove that. In any case Doukas is a much more solid team and the victory came logically.
Quarters: 17-12, 32-23, 56-40, and 79-56
Doukas: Bitzis 14, Costas Vogiatzis 16
Iraklis: Moulakis 16, Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) 17

MENT - Ag. Paraskevi 78-75
Quarters: 21-21, 35-33, 59-53, and 78-75
An astonishing game took place in Thessaloniki where the teams of MENT and Ag. Paraskevi performed a very good game and the few fans watched it really enjoy themselves. The game was a derby from the beginning to the end and the home team finally won it in details.
MENT: Nikolopoulos 11, Dimitris Triantafillidis (188-G-89) 22, Pallis 18.
KAP: Hatzikostis 10, Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) 21, Zervos 14

Anagennisi Floga - Filathlitikos 65-83
Quarters: 13-27, 23-43, 47-62, 65-83
The amazing kids of Coach Zivas did it again and succeeded a vital road win in their way to the second position of the league. The top scorer of the league Aristos Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) was not enough for the Anagennisi Floga as the Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77, agency: FCM) and Saloustros this time were in a great shape and performed wonderful against Anaginnisi of Coach Kontogiannis. From the early beginning took a double digit lead and never lost it. The difference of the two teams is tremendous.
Anagennisi Floga: Mitsakis 15, Aristo Nikoloudis 24, Mouratidis 11
Filathlitikos: Adedokoubo 11, Gikas11, Alexis Tsamatos 25, Saloustros 14

Near East Aias Evosmou 71-67
Quarters: 22-16, 36-30, 56-53, and 71-67
Another derby for Coach Karnesis team who finally made it this time as he received points and good rebounding from Psaropoulos and Petros Karabas (189-G-84) so he manage to keep the small deficit which was earned from the first period to follow the second one and only between 27-33 minutes the home team got the feeling of a possible negative result as the visitors of Goumas showed in the particular time of the game that they could do it, even though finally they only were able to cut the deficit to the minimum they couldnt do more than that.
Near East: Emmanouilidis 11, Koupidis 16, Petros Karabas 17 and Psaropoulos 13
Aias Evosmou: Tzinopoulos 10, Mavridis 10, Vassilis Skarlatos (197-F-87) 16, Melidis 12



Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 10-1 
 2. Filathlitikos 9-2 
 3. Niki Volou 8-3 
 4. Irakleio 8-3 
 5. Koroivos 6-5 
 6. MENT 6-5 
 7. Diagoras 6-5 
 8. Near East 6-5 
 9. Agia Paraskevis 5-6 
 10. Doukas 5-6 
 11. Egaleo 5-6 
 12. Aias Evosmou 4-7 
 13. Stratoni 4-7 
 14. Anagennisi 3-8 
 15. Iraklis 2-9 
 16. Halkidona 1-10 


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 12-0
 2. Amsterdam 10-2
 3. Leiden 2 9-3
 4. De Hoppers 8-3
 5. Cangeroes 8-4
 6. Red Giants 6-5
 7. Hoofddorp 5-7
 8. Goba 5-7
 9. Akrides 4-7
 10. Almonte 4-8
 11. Punch 4-8
 12. Rotterdam 2 3-8
 13. De Groene 3-9
 14. Jugglers 1-11


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 12: Things remain the same - by Terry Cooper
Nothing has changed much from the top of the standings to the bottom as teams won their games as they should in Round 12. Binnenland is still the lone team in the league with no defeats as they won over Z&Z2 91-64 while GOBA won over the Jugglers 76-56. BV Hoofddorp bounced back to win over Almonte at home 90-66 while VBC Akrides defeated Groene Uilen 67-59. Jeffrey de Vries Andries (180-G-84) and De Hoppers won over young and less experienced Rotterdam2 77-59 while the Cangaroes stung Red Giants 81-57. Finally BC Amsterdam coasted to a 78-60 win on the road over Punch. Some teams got good wins to keep things going while others seem to fall deeper and deeper in muddy waters. Stay tuned...

Round 12 scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Almonte 90-66
Goba - The Jugglers 76-56
VBC Akrides - Groene Uilen 67-59
Punch - BC A'dam 60-78
Z&Z Leiden2 - Binnenland 64-91
Cangeroes - Red Giants 81-57
Rotterdam2 - De Hoppers 59-77



Jeroen van Vugt leaves Matrixx for KidsRights - by Fred Roggen
The 20-year-old Dutch guard Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) has decided to leave Matrixx for KidsRights. Jeroen van Vugt was not pleased with his playing time and told coach Michael Schuurs and the staff that he was leaving the Magixx's. The chance of playing time is also reduced by attracting point guard Dimeo van der Horst by the Magixx's.
Jeroen van Vugt will now return to Den Bosch and has decided to play for the second team of EiffelTowers Den Bosch.



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Iraq's basketball suffer defeat in Arab Games - by Eurobasket News
Baghdad, Dec. 10 (AKnews) - Iraq's basketball team suffered its first defeat at the hands of Algeria 68-85 during the basketball competitions in the 12th Edition of the Qatar Games that was opened on Friday.

Algeria was well ahead of Iraq in both halves of the match. The first match finished 55-35.
Iraqi Basketball Federation secretary. however, still believed the team played well and could have been much better had they not lost many chances to score.

'Our team's performance was average. Our players lost many opportunities to score points' said Hussein al-Ameedi. 'Iraq was a strong contender for Algeria despite its loss.'

The Arab Games taking place from December 9 to 23, 2011 features 29 sports and over 6,000 athletes and officials and will be accompanied by other multi-sport event.

By Ameer Daghistani
Courtesy of: RY/AKnews


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 10-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 8-3 
 3. UCD Marian 4-7 
 4. Belfast Star 1-10 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 6-3 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 6-4 
 3. UL Eagles 6-6 
 4. Moycullen 3-9 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.25.4 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons24.6 
 3. Enos, Moycullen23.5 
 4. Johnson, Belfast21.6 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.19.9 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian17.8 
 7. Cummins, Belfast17.8 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints15.9 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.4 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.15.1 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.7 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.9 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.7 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian10.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.9 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. O''Reilly, UCC D.8.2 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 3. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.1 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.0 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen3.9 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.3.8 
 8. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.3.3 
 10. Hall, UL Eagles3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.7 
 3. Stith, UCD Marian2.7 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 5. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 7. Clarke, 11890 K.2.0 
 8. Madsen, 11890 K.1.9 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.1.9 
 10. Walsh, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.4 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.6 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 6. Enos, Moycullen1.3 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.3 
 8. Casey, 11890 K.1.2 
 9. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.1 
 10. Quigley, UL Eagles0.8 


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 7-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 6-2 
 3. Hapoel J-M 5-3 
 4. Ironi Ashkelon 5-4 
 5. Hapoel Holon 5-4 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 4-4 
 7. B.C. Habikaa 4-4 
 8. Maccabi Haifa 3-5 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 2-6 
 10. Elitzur Netanya 2-6 
 11. Maccabi Ashdod 2-6 


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Landesberg, Macca.23.6 
 2. Banks, Elitzur21.1 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.4 
 4. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.20.0 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.8 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.4 
 7. Duncan, Maccabi18.3 
 8. Lewis, Hapoel Holon18.1 
 9. Freeman, B.C. H.17.9 
 10. Bradley, Maccabi17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.11.6 
 2. Duncan, Maccabi8.8 
 3. Dowell, B.C. H.8.8 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.5 
 5. Randle, Hapoel J-M8.3 
 6. Bowman, Maccabi8.3 
 7. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 8. Freeman, B.C. H.7.9 
 9. Kitchen, Maccabi7.8 
 10. Morgan, Ironi A.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.6 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.1 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.8 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.5.1 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.5.1 
 8. Jackson, Maccabi5.0 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.8 
 10. Powell, Maccabi H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  B.C. H.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 2. Limonad, Ironi A.2.7 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Delaney, B.C. H.2.1 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.1 
 6. Skinn, Ironi Ashke.2.1 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi2.0 
 8. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.9 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi1.8 
 10. Strawberry, Hapoe.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.3 
 3. Uter, Maccabi2.1 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.2.1 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.6 
 6. Wilkerson, Maccab.1.3 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.1 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 9. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.1.0 


Premier League Round 9: Maccabi T-A beats Maccabi Rishon by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 9 in the Premier League took place in Rishon Le-Zion. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (4-4) to first ranked Maccabi T-A (7-1) 76-75 on Monday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who saved his team from a defeat with 17 points. International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-1 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face B.C. Habikaa (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Galil. Second ranked Galil Gilboa (6-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Ironi Ashkelon (5-4) 79-76 on Sunday evening. American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and Ido Kozikaro chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points and 4 assists. Galil Gilboa have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-2 record behind leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hapoel J-M (5-3) against seventh ranked Hapoel Holon (5-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel J-M was defeated by Hapoel Holon in a tough game in Holon 65-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. Bryant Dunston nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. D.J. Strawberry came up with 19 points and 4 assists for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Hapoel J-M's coach Oded Katash rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Holon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ironi Ashkelon. Loser Hapoel J-M keeps the third position with three games lost. Hapoel Holon will meet Maccabi Haifa (#8) on the road in the next round. Hapoel J-M will play against Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against sixth-ranked B.C. Habikaa 88-74. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Josh Carter who scored 28 points. Maccabi Ashdod (2-6) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon and Elitzur Netanya. B.C. Habikaa at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon.
The game between 9th ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-6) and tenth ranked Elitzur Netanya (2-6) in Hod Hasharon on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Netanya beat Bnei Hasharon 102-93. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for Brian Asbury who led his team to a victory with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Elitzur Netanya moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon and Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Netanya will face league's second-placed Galil Gilboa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Bnei Hasharon - Elitzur Netanya 93-102

The game between 9th ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-6) and tenth ranked Elitzur Netanya (2-6) in Hod Hasharon on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Netanya beat Bnei Hasharon 102-93. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-19. But Bnei Hasharon won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) contributed with 29 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon and Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Netanya will face league's second-placed Galil Gilboa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: D.James 25+10reb+3ast, L.Dunn 22+3reb, T.Carter 21+5reb+10ast, K.Lawson 17+4reb, G.Lavie 6+1reb+1ast, J.Mintz 2+2reb
Elitzur Netanya: B.Asbury 31+7reb+4ast, A.Banks 29+6reb+2ast, Y.Orland 21+4reb+3ast, L.Lifshitz 9+6reb+5ast, E.Gueta 8+4reb+2ast, C.Burns 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137328


Galil Gilboa - Ironi Ashkelon 79-76

Important game to mention about took place in Galil. Second ranked Galil Gilboa (6-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Ironi Ashkelon (5-4) 79-76 on Sunday evening. Ironi Ashkelon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Ironi Ashkelon 33-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Galil Gilboa players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and international center Ido Kozikaro (203-78) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) with 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Galil Gilboa have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-2 record behind leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Mitchell 23+4reb+4ast, M.Killingsworth 21+5reb+1ast, R.Limonad 18+2reb+6ast, T.Skinn 8+5reb+4ast, N.Berkowitz 2+3reb+2ast, A.Simhon 2
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 23+8reb+5ast, D.Yavzuri 15+1reb+3ast, I.Kozikaro 14+9reb, J.Jones 9+4reb, C.Thomas 8+3reb+6ast, C.Fells 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137329


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 70-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Hapoel J-M (5-3) against seventh ranked Hapoel Holon (5-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel J-M was defeated by Hapoel Holon in a tough game in Holon 65-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. Hapoel J-M trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-70 at the end of the game. Hapoel Holon made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) came up with 19 points and 4 assists and point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Hapoel J-M's coach Oded Katash rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Holon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ironi Ashkelon. Loser Hapoel J-M keeps the third position with three games lost. Hapoel Holon will meet Maccabi Haifa (#8) on the road in the next round. Hapoel J-M will play against Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 19+4reb+4ast, G.Israeli 13+3reb+5ast, J.Varnado 12+5reb+1ast, U.Kokia 5+6reb, B.Randle 5+11reb+3ast, L.Jackson 4+6reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: B.Dunston 22+14reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 13+8reb, R.Lewis 13+7reb+3ast, P.Sullivan 8+4reb+2ast, M.Roth 7+3reb+8ast, S.Harush 6+4reb
gschID: 137330


B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi Ashdod 74-88

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time they won against sixth-ranked B.C. Habikaa 88-74. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. B.C. Habikaa was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by B.C. Habikaa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) who scored 28 points. Guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Maccabi Ashdod (2-6) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Bnei Hasharon and Elitzur Netanya. B.C. Habikaa at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: R.Freeman 26+7reb+1ast, E.Skverer 11+1reb+2ast, P.Delaney 9+3reb+3ast, D.Dowell 9+9reb+2ast, G.Porat 8+4reb+6ast, F.Robinson 7+1reb+5ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 28+4reb, R.Bradley 20+4reb+5ast, J.Duncan 15+5reb+1ast, A.Tyus 13+8reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 5, D.Hagag 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 137326


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 75-76

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Premier League took place in Rishon Le-Zion. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (4-4) to first ranked Maccabi T-A (7-1) 76-75 on Monday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who saved his team from a defeat with 17 points. International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-1 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face B.C. Habikaa (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: D.Kitchen 17+6reb+2ast, J.Crawford 17+4reb+1ast, B.Bowman 16+4reb+1ast, A.Uter 14+9reb+1ast, A.Ben David 5+2reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 4+2reb+2ast
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 17+3reb+2ast, S.James 12+4reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 12+6reb+2ast, D.Smith 11+5reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 8+2reb, D.Blu 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 137327




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  ITALY   


SerieA round 10 best performance: Drake Diener - by Eurobasket News
American guard Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Banco di Sard., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Cimberio VA (5-4) 90-79. Banco di Sard. is placed at 6th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Banco di Sard. will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Diener had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Banco di Sard.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former De Paul University star has very solid stats this year. Diener is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.3ppg), assists (3rd best: 3.0apg) and averages impressive 62.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Linton Johnson (203-F-80, agency: Priority Sports) of Sidigas AV. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Sidigas AV lost that game 77-83 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 8-2). This loss caused Sidigas AV to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Johnson is well-known at Sidigas AV and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83) of Fabi Shoes (#14). Brunner scored 16 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Fabi Shoes, leading his team to a 71-68 win against the higher-ranked Scavolini PS (#11, 4-5). The chances of Fabi Shoes not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brunner could try to bring Fabi Shoes' a little bit higher in the standings. Brunner has individually a great season in Italy. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dee Brown (185-PG-84) of Banca Tercas - 34 points and 6 assists
5. Marco Cusin (211-C-85) of Scavolini PS - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Quinton Hosley (200-F/G-84) of Banco di Sard. - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of Cimberio VA - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jacob Pullen (182-PG-89) of Angelico BI - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Armani MI - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Montepaschi - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Brian Scalabrine signs non-guaranteed deal with Chicago Bulls - by Eurobasket News
Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-C-78, college: USC) tried to soothe any hard feelings his departure from Benetton Treviso created after officials from that Italian team criticized him for leaving early to try out for the Bulls. Scalabrine had played well overseas, making good on his plan that he first shared with the Tribune last spring.

'I really enjoyed learning from the coach (Alexander Djordjevic),' said Scalabrine, who has not been officially cleared by FIBA to return to the NBA. 'The organization treated me unbelievably fairly. When I left, I gave them back all the money they paid me. I went over with the intent to stay all year if the lockout lasted that long.

'The only thing they were upset about was me leaving Friday instead of, say, two days before training camp. But I was trying to put myself in the best position to make the Bulls. I didn't want to be on Italian time while I'm trying to make the team.'

Scalabrine, a favorite of fans, coaches and teammates, is in camp on a non-guaranteed contract.

'I have a good chance,' he said. 'I have to earn my way, same as last year. There's an opportunity. I was playing 35 minutes a night in Italy, so I'm in shape.'

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


DNA Market News - by Armando Caporaso
After the start of the new season there haven't been many market movements for the teams engaged this year in the struggle to get a place in LegaA2 for the next season. Few hours before the market deadline Pavia has reinforced the roster with Adam Sean Mink (196-F-91), on loan from Casalpusterlengo. For the German native player this is the first experience away from the Assigeco, for now played 10 games (4,3 mpg) but is still looking for the first points in this season. The Orlandina sold 3 young players: Davide Boiardi (198-F-92) is back at Ragusa while Tomas Caula (185-G-92) and Luca Sgro' (195-G/F-93) have joined, on loan, with San Filippo del Mela (DNC). For the young Argentinian talent 8.1 ppg and 3.0 rpg after 10 games with the new team. Moreover the Orlandina signed the expert guard Michele Cardinali (190-G-78) (4,9 ppg in 7 games). In the last years Cardinali played for Forli' (2004-2007), Brindisi (2007-2010 with 57 games in LegaA2) and Barcellona where in the last season closed with 5.9 ppg in 29 games. Fabriano has agreed with Cosimo Fontani (195-G-89) (8.1 ppg in 7 games) to replace Nicolas Darrigo. Grown with Firenze, had already completed his summer training with the Spes after the experiences at Cecina, Ostuni and Castelfiorentino. Sergio Plumari (198-F-86) (grown in the young team of the Olimpia Milano), ex Caserta, Veroli, Ostuni and Massafra, leaved Latina after 5 games (just 2 total points in 59 minutes). Another departure in the last days: the captain Pablo Albertinazzi (174-G-78) back in Argentina leaving the Orlandina after 3 seasons for important personal reasons! With the Sicilian team the playmaker obtained 2 promotions in 2 years closing the last season with 13.9 ppg, 2,5 rpg, 2.0 spg and 4.0 apg. Arrived in Italy with Rieti (2001) played also for San Severo, Catanzaro, Cagliari, Corato and Maddaloni thanks to his Italian passport. In the first match with his new team (San Martin Corrientes) scored 2 points in 21 minutes adding 4 assist (77-78 against Ciclista Olimpico De La Banda) in the round 5 of the Second Stage in the Liga A.

Cremona adds Marko Tusek - by Andrea Centenari
Vanoli-Braga Cremona has signed Marko Tusek (203-F-75, agency: Alti Sport). The slovenian big man, in this season, has only played four games with Pepsi JuveCaserta before parting ways with the club on the 9th of December. With Caserta, Tusek averaged 10 points and 3,8 boards per game. In Vanoli-Braga Cremona he will repleace Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76, agency: Interperformances). The contract of the greek forward with Vanoli-Braga wil end on the 18th of December. Mihalis Kakiouzis, in this season, played four games 8,5 points and 5,3 boards per game

Lega2 Round 11: Centrale Latte edges MarcoPoloShop.it by two points - by Eurobasket News
Tenth-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-6) made lots of trouble for second ranked Centrale Latte (8-2) in Brescia on Sunday. Centrale Latte managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Centrale Latte made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by MarcoPoloShop.it helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points. Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Centrale Latte have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Trenkwalder. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Centrale Latte is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Enel Brindisi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Enel Brindisi (7-4) against thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (4-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Enel Brindisi was defeated by Tezenis Verona in a tough game in Verona 69-76. American guard Mario West (196-84, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Andrea Renzi contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals for Enel Brindisi. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tezenis Verona moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Giorgio Tesi PT and Givova Scafati. Tezenis Verona will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Enel Brindisi will play on the road against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (7-4) against seventh ranked Sigma Barcellona (5-5) on Saturday night. Host Tuscany Pistoia was defeated by Sigma Barcellona in Pistoia 81-66. It was a great evening for Mike Green who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Giacomo Galanda responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona maintains seventh place with 5-5 record. Loser Tuscany Pistoia keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. Sigma Barcellona will meet at home bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tuscany Pistoia will play against Prima Veroli (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked S.Antimo managed to get a second victory. This time newly promoted S.Antimo won against ninth-ranked Fileni BPA in Sant'Antimo 75-70. It was an exceptional evening for Folarin Campbell who led the winners and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted S.Antimo maintains fifteenth place with 2-8 record. Fileni BPA at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. S.Antimo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Leader Trenkwalder RE delivered the eighth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Assi Ostuni (4-6) 88-83. The best player for the winners was Donell Taylor who scored 27 points and 4 steals. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-2 record, which they share with Centrale Latte. Newly promoted Assi Ostuni keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Fileni BPA (#13) in Jesi in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assi Ostuni will play again at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE (#1) in Reggio Emilia.

In the last two games of round 11 Aget Imola was crushed by Morpho Basket in Piacenza 89-69. Givova Scafati beat Biancoblu BO at home 97-87.
The best stats of 11th round was 29 points by Tre Kelley of Biancoblu BO.



Tezenis Verona - Enel Brindisi 76-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Enel Brindisi (7-4) against thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (4-6) on Sunday night. Visiting Enel Brindisi was defeated by Tezenis Verona in a tough game in Verona 69-76. Tezenis Verona forced 24 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Enel Brindisi was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Mario West (196-84, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. International power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals and Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 19 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tezenis Verona moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Giorgio Tesi PT and Givova Scafati. Tezenis Verona will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Enel Brindisi will play on the road against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: M.West 20+11reb+3ast, D.Vukcevic 13+3reb+1ast, A.Renzi 12+7reb, G.Boscagin 10+3reb+3ast, D.Banti 8+3reb, A.Porta 8+3reb+4ast
Enel Brindisi: A.Renfroe 19+5reb+9ast, D.Borovnjak 19+14reb, C.Callahan 10+7reb, K.Ndoja 9+3reb, M.Maestrello 6+1reb, J.Hunter 5
gschID: 135522


Assi Ostuni - Trenkwalder 83-88

Leader Trenkwalder RE delivered the eighth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Assi Ostuni (4-6) 88-83. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 46-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Assi Ostuni was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who scored 27 points and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 19 points. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) produced 16 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman Marco Rossetti (204-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Trenkwalder RE and five Assi Ostuni players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-2 record, which they share with Centrale Latte. Newly promoted Assi Ostuni keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face Fileni BPA (#13) in Jesi in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assi Ostuni will play again at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE (#1) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Taylor 27+3reb+2ast, D.Robinson 19+4reb+3ast, D.Slanina 15+1reb, R.Chiacig 10+10reb+1ast, F.Ruini 6+1reb, D.Filloy 5+4reb+1ast
Assi Ostuni: M.Jurevicus 16+3reb+4ast, M.Rossetti 13+6reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 13+1reb, J.Klobucar 12+2reb+1ast, A.Johnson 11+4reb+4ast, F.Basei 6+7reb
gschID: 135523


Morpho Basket - Aget Imola 89-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Aget Imola's (4-6) road loss to seventh ranked Morpho Basket (5-4) 69-89 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-69. Aget Imola was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who scored 23 points. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Morpho Basket players scored in double figures. American swingman Erik Daniels (204-82, college: Kentucky) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Morpho Basket moved-up to sixth place. Loser Aget Imola keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Morpho Basket will face Biancoblu BO (#8) in Bologna in the next round. Aget Imola will play at home against the league's second-placed Centrale Latte in Brescia.
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 23+2reb, C.Cotis Harrison 14+4reb+2ast, R.Perego 13+4reb, R.Amoroso 11+5reb+1ast, D.Anderson 9+10reb+4ast, M.Passera 9+1reb+4ast
Aget Imola: E.Daniels 19+9reb+2ast, D.Bruttini 15+4reb, T.Whiting 11+6reb+1ast, P.Prato 9+2reb+2ast, F.Masoni 6+2ast, T.Kotti 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135524


S.Antimo - Fileni BPA 75-70

Bottom-ranked S.Antimo managed to get a second victory. This time newly promoted S.Antimo won against ninth-ranked Fileni BPA in Sant'Antimo 75-70. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Riccardo Moraschini (195-91) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Fileni BPA in the defeat. Newly promoted S.Antimo maintains fifteenth place with 2-8 record. Fileni BPA at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. S.Antimo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: F.Campbell 20+7reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 16+4reb, R.Moraschini 13+7reb+1ast, G.Eliantonio 7+3reb, C.Cantone 7+2reb, D.Teague 5+7reb+1ast
Fileni BPA: R.Hoover 21+5reb+4ast, J.Brooks 15+8reb, R.McConnell 15+4reb+3ast, M.Maggioli 8+3reb, M.Santiangeli 7+3reb+1ast, D.Dolic 2
gschID: 135525


Givova Scafati - Biancoblu BO 97-87

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Givova Scafati (7-4) defeated at home 9th ranked Biancoblu BO (4-6) 97-87 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Givova Scafati. Biancoblu BO was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Givova Scafati shot 62.7 percent from the field and made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while Biancoblu BO only scored seven points from the stripe. Biancoblu BO was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored 30 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) produced 29 points (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) and forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Givova Scafati moved-up to third place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Enel Brindisi. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Givova Scafati will have a break next round. Biancoblu BO will play at home against Morpho Basket (#6) in Piacenza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 30+4reb+6ast, J.Thomas 21+12reb+2ast, N.Radulovic 16+4reb+5ast, M.Levin 11+3ast, O.Gueye 8+1reb, D.Rosignoli 4+1reb
Biancoblu BO: T.Kelley 29+2reb+3ast, P.Baldassarre 16+2reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 14+3reb+1ast, M.Canavesi 7+5reb+1ast, Z.Vrkic 6+1reb, E.Dimsa 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 135519


Giorgio Tesi PT - Sigma Barcel. 66-81

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (7-4) against seventh ranked Sigma Barcellona (5-5) on Saturday night. Host Tuscany Pistoia was defeated by Sigma Barcellona in Pistoia 81-66. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Sigma Barcellona made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) helped adding 15 points. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) scored 15 points. Sigma Barcellona maintains seventh place with 5-5 record. Loser Tuscany Pistoia keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. Sigma Barcellona will meet at home bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tuscany Pistoia will play against Prima Veroli (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Green 15+10reb+3ast, L.Dordei 15+4reb+3ast, R.Bucci 14+2ast, M.Mocavero 13+6reb+1ast, P.Martin 8+6reb+1ast, M.Hicks 8+2reb+3ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 15+2reb+1ast, G.Galanda 15+5reb, B.Jones 10+2reb+2ast, L.Saccaggi 9+1ast, D.Mathis 8+5reb+1ast, F.Toppo 6+5reb
gschID: 135520


Centrale Latte - MarcoPoloShop 87-85

Tenth-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-6) made lots of trouble for second ranked Centrale Latte (8-2) in Brescia on Sunday. Centrale Latte managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Centrale Latte made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by MarcoPoloShop.it helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points. Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Centrale Latte have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Trenkwalder. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Centrale Latte is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Enel Brindisi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: R.Thompson 19+6reb, L.Goldwire 18+2reb+3ast, F.Bushati 18+3reb+1ast, L.Gergati 15+3reb+2ast, M.Farioli 9+8reb, R.Rombaldoni 8+3reb+1ast
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 23+5reb+3ast, S.Huff 22+9reb+1ast, S.Borsato 15+5reb+3ast, T.Easley 12+8reb+3ast, J.Trapani 8+6reb, T.Marino 3+2reb
gschID: 135521




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Musso, Napoli18.6 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.1 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.16.4 
 5. Carra, Trieste15.8 
 6. Fattori, San Severo15.8 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.6 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.6 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino15.4 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.4 
 3. Baldi Rossi, Perug.9.2 
 4. Tessitori, Comsum..8.8 
 5. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.8 
 6. Borra, Treviglio8.7 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.5 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 9. Gandini, Trieste7.8 
 10. Pazzi, Trento7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.2 
 2. Zanelli, Orlandina3.7 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.7 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.2 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari3.0 
 8. Parente, Torino2.9 
 9. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 10. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.9 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.5 
 3. Portannese, Torino3.3 
 4. Vico, Matera3.3 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 6. Musso, Napoli3.1 
 7. Malamov, Anagni3.0 
 8. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.0 
 9. Cazzaniga, Pavia2.9 
 10. Scodavolpe, Firen.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacopo BORRA
  Treviglio
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 3. Ancellotti, Santar.1.2 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.2 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.1 
 6. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 7. Corral, Anagni1.0 
 8. Tardito, Matera0.9 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.0.9 
 10. Pascolo, Trento0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 10-4 
 2. Trento 9-5 
 3. Perugia 8-5 
 4. Comsum.it SI 5-9 
 5. Santarcangelo 4-10 
 6. Firenze 3-10 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 13-1 
 2. Treviglio 9-5 
 3. Torino 9-5 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 8-6 
 5. Castelletto 6-8 
 6. Pavia 5-9 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 8-6 
 2. San Severo 7-7 
 3. Chieti 7-7 
 4. Recanati 6-8 
 5. Fabriano 4-10 
 6. Ruvo 2-12 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 10-4 
 2. Ferentino 9-5 
 3. Orlandina 8-6 
 4. Latina Basket 7-7 
 5. Anagni 6-8 
 6. Matera 5-9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.24.0 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.22.4 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio21.1 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.4 
 5. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.4 
 6. Teague, S.Antimo18.3 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.17.8 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola17.4 
 9. McConnell, Fileni17.3 
 10. Klobucar, Assi Os.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Thomas, Givova S.10.7 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.0 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.8 
 4. Borovnjak, Enel B.8.3 
 5. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 7. Chiacig, Trenkwald.7.1 
 8. Baldassarre, Bianc.6.9 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.8 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.7 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.1 
 4. Green, Sigma B.3.8 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.4 
 6. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 7. Goldwire, Centra.3.3 
 8. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.2 
 9. Hoover, Fileni BPA3.0 
 10. Kelley, Biancobl.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola RADULOVIC
  Givova S.
  (207-F-73)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Radulovic, Givova3.4 
 2. West, Tezenis3.3 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Marigney, Givova S.2.8 
 5. Thompson, Centra.2.6 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.6 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 8. McConnell, Fileni2.4 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.3 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.6 
 2. Trapani, MarcoPol.1.4 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.1.0 
 4. Renzi, Tezenis0.9 
 5. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 7. Busma, Centrale.0.7 
 8. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.7 
 9. Rezzano, Centrale.0.7 
 10. West, Tezenis0.6 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 8-2 
 2. Centrale Latte 8-2 
 3. Giorgio Tesi PT 7-4 
 4. Givova Scafati 7-4 
 5. Enel Brindisi 7-4 
 6. Morpho Basket 5-4 
 7. Sigma Barcel. 5-5 
 8. Biancoblu BO 4-6 
 9. Assi Ostuni 4-6 
 10. MarcoPoloShop 4-6 
 11. Aget Imola 4-6 
 12. Tezenis Verona 4-6 
 13. Fileni BPA 4-6 
 14. Prima Veroli 3-7 
 15. S.Antimo 2-8 


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JBL round 10 best performance: J.R. Sakuragi - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Aishin SH, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Tochigi Brex (#6, 8-12) 78-68. Aishin SH maintains the 2nd position in American JBL. They are still close to the very top. Aishin SH would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star has very solid stats this year. Sakuragi. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.5ppg), assists (7th best: 2.9apg) and averages impressive 54.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) of Hitachi SR. Takeuchi had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Hitachi SR was edged by slightly lower-ranked Panasonic T. (#4, 10-10) 68-64. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hitachi SR still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-8 record is not bad at all. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi SR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.6ppg (#6). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82) of Tochigi Brex (#6). McFarlin scored 24 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite McFarlin's great performance Tochigi Brex lost 68-78 to the higher-ranked Aishin SH (#2, 16-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tochigi Brex ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McFarlin could help Tochigi Brex to bring them higher in the standings. McFarlin has a great season in Japan. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82) of Tochigi Brex - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido L. - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido L. - 25 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD - 25 points and 9 rebounds
9. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Panasonic T. - 21 points and 8 rebounds
10. Anthony Richardson (201-F-83) of Aishin SH - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka24.1 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 3. Humphrey, Saitama20.9 
 4. White, Oita H.20.9 
 5. Woods, Akita NH20.7 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.5 
 7. Flowers, Saitama20.5 
 8. Roberts, Shins.20.3 
 9. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.1 
 10. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.5 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka10.9 
 3. Malloy, Iwate B.10.8 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 6. Roberts, Shins.10.7 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.6 
 8. Ocitti, Akita NH10.3 
 9. McFarland, Yokoham.10.3 
 10. Hughes, Shinshu10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.5 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.6.0 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.1 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 6. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.7 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.7 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.1 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 3. Humphrey, Saitama2.6 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 5. Arnold, Hamamats.2.2 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 8. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.0 
 9. Satterfield, Saita.1.9 
 10. Golson, Shimane1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Davis, Shimane SM4.0 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.2 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.2 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.7 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Ocitti, Akita NH1.5 
 8. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 9. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 10. Williams, Takamat.1.4 


BJ League Round 20: Kyoto Hannar. climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannar. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kyoto Hannar. smashed 3rd ranked Chiba Jets at home 95-70. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 22 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 43-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Chiba Jets' players. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) responded with 22 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannar. (13-5) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Okinawa GK. Chiba Jets at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Chiba Jets will play next round against Toyama Grouses trying to get back on the winning streak. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Leading Okinawa GK (13-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by second ranked Sendai 89ers (11-7) 60-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The winners were led by American forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and Johnny Dukes supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 11-7 record behind leader Kyoto Hannar., which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. They share the position with Kyoto Hannar.. Sendai 89ers will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Okinawa GK will play against Takamatsu FA (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Saitama between Shinshu BW and Saitama Broncos. Sixth ranked Shinshu BW (9-9) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Saitama Broncos (6-10). Shinshu BW managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Sunday evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Lee Roberts who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. Kenny Satterfield produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists for the hosts. Shinshu BW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Loser Saitama Broncos dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Shinshu BW will meet higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Niigata Albirex (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shiga L-Stars (12-6) against fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (10-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Shiga L-Stars were defeated by Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa 95-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. Jermaine Dixon orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Shiga L-Stars at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano. Shiga L-Stars will play on the road against Yokohama BC (#8).
BJ League top team - Akita Happinets (12-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (7-11) 78-64. Worth to mention a quality performance of Michael Gardener who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Akita Happinets maintains first position with 12-6 record, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Akita Happinets will face Osaka Evessa (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Yokohama BC won against Fukuoka Rizing on the opponent's court 76-73. Shimane SM managed to outperform Takamatsu FA in a home game 76-62. Oita H.Devils recorded a loss to Iwate Big Bulls on the road 73-63. Toyama Grouses crushed Niigata Albirex on its own court 102-76.



Fukuoka Rizing - Yokohama BC 73-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (11-7) was edged at home by ninth ranked Yokohama BC (6-9) 76-73 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 44-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Yokohama BC forced 20 Fukuoka Rizing turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 20 rebounds and swingman Masayuki Kabaya (183-82) who added 25 points and 4 assists during the contest. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) scored 8 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Yokohama BC moved-up to eighth place. Loser Fukuoka Rizing dropped to the second position with seven games lost. Yokohama BC will face higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Iwate Big Bulls.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: M.Kabaya 25+2reb+4ast, J.Burrell 13+9reb, C.McFarland 9+20reb+2ast, P.Faye 9+10reb, M.Simmons 8+1reb+1ast, O.Kimura 4+1reb
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 30+7reb, J.Nakanishi 14+4reb+1ast, A.Takeno 12+3reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 8+16reb+5ast, J.Dearman 5+9reb+2ast, C.Dixon 2+1reb
gschID: 142009


Miyazaki SS - Akita NH 64-78

BJ League top team - Akita Happinets (12-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (7-11) 78-64. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-64. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) who added 18 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Akita Happinets maintains first position with 12-6 record, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Akita Happinets will face Osaka Evessa (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2).
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Gardener 19+7reb+6ast, S.Ocitti 18+12reb+1ast, K.Shoji 17+2reb+1ast, R.Woods 14+7reb+2ast, D.Sweetney 7+4reb, C.Terry 2+2ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 14+11reb+2ast, L.Witcher 14+8reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 13+6reb+2ast, D.Lyons 9+9reb+5ast, T.Ito 8+1reb, Y.Tsubasa 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142010


Okinawa GK - Sendai 89ers 57-60

Leading Okinawa GK (13-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by second ranked Sendai 89ers (11-7) 60-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Okinawa GK was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 29-21 second half run of Sendai 89ers. The winners were led by American forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) added 7 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 11-7 record behind leader Kyoto Hannar., which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. They share the position with Kyoto Hannar.. Sendai 89ers will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Okinawa GK will play against Takamatsu FA (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 17+10reb+1ast, O.Mims 14+15reb+3ast, T.Shimura 10+4reb+2ast, R.Singleton 6+7reb+1ast, D.Fitzgerald 5+2reb, H.Kusaka 5+2reb
Okinawa GK: D.Larkai 13+6reb, M.Yamauchi 7+2reb, R.Okosa 7+8reb+3ast, D.Palmer 7+4reb, N.Kosuge 7+2reb, T.Yonamine 5
gschID: 142011


Saitama Bron. - Shinshu BW 84-87

A very close game took place in Saitama between Shinshu BW and Saitama Broncos. Sixth ranked Shinshu BW (9-9) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Saitama Broncos (6-10). Shinshu BW managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shinshu BW dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 28. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 52-23 including a 24-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. Guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 23 points. point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists and swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) added 24 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Shinshu BW moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chiba Jets. Loser Saitama Broncos dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Shinshu BW will meet higher ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Niigata Albirex (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 35+19reb+1ast, D.Raivio 23+3reb+3ast, E.Morris 10+7reb+1ast, T.Hughes 8+20reb, T.Goya 6+1reb+4ast, S.Yosuke 5
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 24+4reb+4ast, Y.Kitamuki 18+3reb+3ast, D.Terashita 16+5reb+3ast, M.Haraguchi 15+2reb, K.Satterfield 11+9reb+13ast, Y.Arai 0
gschID: 142005


Hamamatsu P. - Shiga L-Stars 95-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shiga L-Stars (12-6) against fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (10-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Shiga L-Stars were defeated by Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa 95-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Shiga L-Stars was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga L-Stars' 32 and made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) replied with 33 points (!!!) and guard Yu Okada (184-83) added 16 points in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Shimane SM. Shiga L-Stars at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano. Shiga L-Stars will play on the road against Yokohama BC (#8).
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 29+6reb+2ast, W.Arnold 12+6reb+4ast, J.Parmer 12+5reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 11+1reb+1ast, L.Pomare 8+2reb+2ast, M.Lamizana 7+3reb+5ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Peppers 33+4reb+1ast, Y.Okada 16+2reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 13+3reb+1ast, R.Nixon 9+8reb+2ast, J.Ashby 7+7reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 142006


Kyoto Hannar. - Chiba Jets 95-70

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannar. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kyoto Hannar. smashed 3rd ranked Chiba Jets at home 95-70. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 22 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 43-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Chiba Jets' players. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) responded with 22 points and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannar. (13-5) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Okinawa GK. Chiba Jets at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Shinshu BW. Chiba Jets will play next round against Toyama Grouses trying to get back on the winning streak. Kyoto Hannar. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 23+16reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 21+5ast, T.Murakami 15+2reb+5ast, L.Allred 13+12reb+2ast, J.Boyette 9+4reb+2ast, L.Cummard 6+4reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 22+4reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 14+5reb+5ast, T.Ishida 11+2reb, G.Moliva 7+3reb+2ast, J.Holden 6+1reb, H.Sato 3+2reb
gschID: 142007


Shimane SM - Takamatsu FA 76-62

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Shimane Magic (10-8) defeated at home bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-18) 76-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Jeral Davis (216-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 9 blocks and the other American import forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (192-83) scored 13 points. Shimane Magic moved-up to third place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with 18 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play against the league's second-placed Okinawa GK and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Golson 17+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 17+11reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 16+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 10+4reb, J.Nakama 5+3reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 5+4reb+5ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 20+9reb+2ast, M.Suzuki 14+2reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 13+4reb, M.Nunnally 5+6reb, S.Takada 4+5reb+1ast, N.Williams 3+7reb
gschID: 142008


Iwate Big Bulls - Oita H.Devils 73-63

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-13) were defeated on the road by tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (5-13) 73-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Iwate Big Bulls. Oita Heat Devils was better in third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and guard Yoshiaki Yamamoto (-82) who added 14 points during the contest. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import center Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 5-13 record. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: L.Malloy 16+17reb, Y.Yamamoto 14+1reb+2ast, S.Coleman 13+4reb, H.Kantake 12+3reb, M.Sawaguchi 8+3reb+3ast, J.Shin 3+2reb
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 17+11reb+3ast, M.Lottich 15+4reb+2ast, Z.Atkinson 12+13reb+1ast, N.Takushi 8+2reb+4ast, S.Umemiya 7+1reb, K.Mitomo 2+3ast
gschID: 142003


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 102-76

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (7-9) outscored at home 5th ranked Niigata Albirex (8-8) 102-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Niigata Albirex was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 32. They outrebounded Niigata Albirex 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Toyama Grouses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) responded with 19 points and forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toyama Grouses maintains seventh position with 7-9 record. Loser Niigata Albirex dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Toyama Grouses will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: H.Johnson 22+2reb+3ast, B.Harper 20+5reb+1ast, M.Joho 15+2reb+4ast, D.Searcy 14+8reb+2ast, I.Brown 10+3reb+1ast, L.Turner 8+12reb+2ast
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 19+7reb, N.Murry 19+4reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 16+2reb+1ast, D.Gordon 9+4reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 9+1reb+2ast, H.Kondo 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142004




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 12-6 
 2. Sendai 89ers 11-7 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 10-8 
 4. Chiba Jets 9-9 
 5. Shinshu BW 9-9 
 6. Niigata Albirex 8-8 
 7. Toyama Grouses 7-9 
 8. Yokohama BC 6-9 
 9. Saitama Bron. 6-10 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 5-13 
Western
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 13-5 
 2. Okinawa GK 13-5 
 3. Osaka Evessa 12-4 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 12-6 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 11-7 
 6. Shimane SM 10-8 
 7. Miyazaki SS 7-11 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-13 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-18 


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  JORDAN   


Jordan won and lost at Arab Games 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Jordan won and lost at Arab Games 2011. In Game 1 Jordan overcame Morocco in the Al-Gharafa Hall 67:58.Sophiane Rafai (193-G-86) ended up for Morocco with 18 points and Karim Nesba was good for 16 points for his first appearance in official competition. Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) was the top rebounder with 11 boards.
In game 2 Jordan lost to Tunisia 69:77. Jordan took 15-8 after the first period and even won the second frame 22-20. It was not however enough to win the game as Tunisia needed 35-9 in the third quarter to seal the victory.
This autumn, Jordans mens team lost the chance to qualify to the 2012 Olympic Games after they moved to the final for the first time in the countrys history but lost 70-69 to China at the 26th FIBA Asia Basketball Championship. They, however, have a slim chance at qualifying as Asias second and third teams will play a further play-off stage for a chance at an Olympic berth.



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  KOSOVO   


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 11-1
 2. Trepca 11-1
 3. Bashkimi 8-4
 4. Peja 6-6
 5. Kolegji Univer. 5-7
 6. Kosova 3-8
 7. Drita 2-10
 8. Futura 1-10


Trepca defeats Peja in overloaded Minatori court - by Dren Shporta
In overloaded court, with more than 3000 spectators, Trepca registered their eleventh victory in a great atmosphere against Peja. With this win, Trepca keeps first place in a classification table and they have a great chance to end the half of a season as a leaders.

First two quarters passed in Trepca's dominance while two last quarterss where characterized by the great game of yellows from Peja. Peja started the game in good fashion with some organized play until greens took the game in their hand, to create a advantage of nine points, 36:25, the first quarter result. Same story was in the second quarter and Trepca finished it with, 31:25, where we got the first half result of 67:50.

Second half, totally different team was playing on the court. Ivica Marics boys had a great game, during these quarters. In the end they had a chance to win it, when they tied the result two times at, 90:90 and 92:92, but they couldnt get the much needed advantage. In last minutes of the game Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan) scored 8, from Trepcas 12 points to finish the drama on Mitrovica, 104:98 the final score.

Drilon Hajrizi scored 29 points, while Jaleel Nelson and Gazmend Asllani added 22 respectively 21 points. On Peja's side, Blerim Mazreku and Eric Salley scored 31 points each, to be helped from Rron Grapci with his 15 points.



Changes in Bashkimi bench, Oskacek replaces Nixha - by Dren Shporta
Naser Oskacek is Bashkimis head coach after Arben Nixha leaved the club for personal reasons. Oskacek was Arben Nixhas assistant since the fourth round of BKT Superliga, when he replaced Croatian Sasha Katalinic.

37 year old Nixha took Bashkimis seat in a game with Drita and since then he leaded the club in a 6-2 record before he had to go abroad for extra studies about the basketball. He had registered an important win against Peja as visitors, and leaded the team to a series of a win after losing to Sigal Prishtina and Trepca.

New coach, Naser Oskacek, has two more games to lead Bashkimi before the end of a winter season in kosovan basketball. He will lead Bashkimi in two of very hard games, against Futura, that is strengthened last week with two American players and champions Sigal Prishtina. The game between Bashkimi and Sigal Prishtina will be the last game of the winter season in BKT Superliga.



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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 12-0 
 2. Liepaja-2 12-1 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 11-1 
 4. Saldus 11-3 
 5. RSU 8-4 
 6. Riga 7-5 
 7. VA 6-5 
 8. VEF Kadeti 5-5 
 9. DSN 5-6 
 10. Livani 4-8 
 11. Valmiera U21 3-8 
 12. Cesis 2-8 
 13. Ridzene 2-9 
 14. Jelgava/LLU 2-10 
 15. Ogres 1-9 
 16. Gulbene 1-10 


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  LEBANON   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 33
 1. Khatib, Champville33.0 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi30.5 
 3. Leather, Sagesse28.0 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.28.0 
 5. Day, Chabab26.0 
 6. Colwell, Antranik25.5 
 7. Trim, Moutahed23.5 
 8. Oguchi, Hoops22.0 
 9. Dearman, Bejjeh21.0 
 10. Johnson, Moutahed20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garnett THOMPSON
  Champville
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Thompson, Champvil.21.0 
 2. Leather, Sagesse16.0 
 3. Trim, Moutahed14.5 
 4. Dearman, Bejjeh11.5 
 5. Safieddine, Chabab11.5 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops11.0 
 7. Samaha, Anibal10.5 
 8. Kanaan, Al Riyadi10.0 
 9. Haynes, Sagesse10.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmed ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.5 
 2. Clemons, Hoops6.5 
 3. Saoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 4. Khatib, Champville6.0 
 5. Akl, Anibal6.0 
 6. Young, Antranik5.5 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed5.5 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.0 
 9. Ibrahim, Champville4.0 
 10. Motran, Antranik3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton DAY
  Chabab
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Day, Chabab4.5 
 2. Fahes, Sagesse4.0 
 3. Trim, Moutahed3.5 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 5. Rida, Anibal2.5 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops2.0 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops2.0 
 8. Youngblood, Anibal2.0 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh2.0 
 10. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Garnett THOMPSON
  Champville
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thompson, Champvil.4.0 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops3.0 
 3. Lauderdale, Chabab2.5 
 4. Colwell, Antranik2.5 
 5. Tawbeh, Al Riyadi2.0 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops2.0 
 7. Samaha, Anibal1.5 
 8. Hoskin, Champville1.0 
 9. Youngblood, Anibal1.0 
 10. Leather, Sagesse1.0 


Lebanon Starts the Pan Arab Games with a Loss against Tunisia - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the Arab Pan Arab Games, The Lebanese National Team suffered a loss against the African Champion Tunisia. Lebanon played in the Pan Arab Games last time in 1997 when it was held in Lebanon didnt had the preparation for this championship.
Tunisia controlled the tempo of the game from the start and they build an early lead 19-13 and they continued on this tempo throughout the 3 quarters having a comfortable 10 points Lead , in the last quarter the Lebanese replied by a comeback which tied the game but the Tunisians had the last word to win the first game in the Championship on the score of 79-73.
Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) led the Lebanese National Teamwith 32 points followed by Sam Hoskin with 22.
The Lebanese National Team didnt had much time to prepare, all this due that the Clubs were busy in the league, The FLB didnt plan any preparation for the National Team instead Al Riyadi and Champville who have in their roster the majority of the National Team Players were sent to a Friendly Tournament in the UAE before few days from the start of the Championship. Despite having back Fadi Khatib and Ali Mahmoud to the Line Up the Lebanese National Team needed more time to create a chemistry which will be needed in games such like against Tunisia. Lebanon is in a group Together with Tunisia , Jordan and Morocco , the next two games will be very hard ones , and Lebanon is in a must win situation to qualify to the second round in order to regroup to think about having a good Championship.



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  LIBYA   


Libya At Opening of Arab Games Doha 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Friday December 9 Libya will be one of 21 Arab nations represented for the opening ceremony of the 12th Arab Games Doha 2011″ at the Khalifa International Stadium. The event, to be hosted by the State of Qatar wraps up on December 23. It will feature 29 sports and over 6,000 athletes and officials and will also be accompanied by other multi-sport event.

The opening ceremony, to be attended by more than one thousand people will feature new technology to be used for the first time in opening ceremonies of major sporting events.

While top Arab athletes compete against each other within the 14 fully-equipped competition venues, prime non-competition venues such as the Athletes Village, Katara, Souq Waqef, and Aspire Park. Activities will run throughout the day at each destination during the entire games period.

Musical artists and dance troupes representing Qatar, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq will entertain athletes, officials, and visitors at the Athletes Village throughout the games period.

Cultural events related to the Arab Games are not limited to the Athletes Village Katara, the Cultural Village, is also a key destination, featuring the increasingly appreciated Arab Games Exhibit.

The Arab Games Exhibit is a rich collection of memorabilia from past occurrences of the much-anticipated Arab multisport event, launched by the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). The exhibition is an initiative by the Qatar Olympic & Sports Museum at QMA, supported by its partners Qatar Olympic Committee and Egyptian Olympic Committee.

Demonstrating a chronological narrative of the Games, the exhibition will feature items from the games, including medals, posters, programmes, films and interviews of athletes, photographs, and educational activities that inform visitors about the history of the Arab Games, which first took place in Alexandria, Egypt, back in 1953.

The exhibition is divided into five sections, each portraying different periods of the Arab Games since their inception in 1947.

In addition, the Arab Games Exhibition sheds light on the participation and achievements of Qatari athletes in past Arab Games, showcasing some of their trophies, medals, and pictures. Alongside the exhibition, a series of educational events catering to school children from various age groups are also to be organised in the near future.

Libya, just out of an eight-month long conflict that successfully ousted the former dictatorial regime, will participate in two team events, football and goalball (a team sport designed for blind athletes). In football the team will take the opportunity to weigh up its strength in view of the more important Africa Cup of Nations finals next month in Gambia and Equatorial Guinea.

In the Games, Libya has been drawn in Group C, to play Sudan on Sunday, Palestine on Wednesday, and Jordan on Saturday December 17.

Occurring in Dohas short, mild winter season, the Arab Games Doha 2011 coincide with the countrys National Day celebrations, making it an ideal opportunity for visitors to experience Qatar during one of its most of festive times of the year.

On December 18, Qatars National Day, this year, all local and visiting athletes present in Qatar are to take part in the ceremonial events and festivities associated with the national holiday. A large open field opposite Grand Regency Hotel has been designated to host the National Day events which include traditional musical and theatrical stage performances, as well as a showcase of Qatars heritage. Arda, a Qatari folk dance, including over 30 lead performers, will be the highlight of the evening.

Thirty three disciplines will be part of the competition during Arab Games. They include, Archery, Athletics, Aquatics Swimming, Bodybuilding, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Chess, Cue Sports, Cycling Road, Jumping, Dressage, Endurance, Fencing, Football, Golf, Shooting, Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Handball, Judo, Karate, Sailing, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Beach Volley, Indoor Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Para-Athletics and Goalball.

The competing nations are 21, with Syria having withdrawn due to the turmoil in the country. The participants will be: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, LIBYA, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The Arab Games Organising Committee (AGOC) has selected 4000 volunteers working across the different areas of AGOC to help deliver a world-class regional sporting event.
Courtesy of: http://feb17.info


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  LITHUANIA   


Neptunas parts ways with Lowe and Onuaku - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Neptunas Klaipeda parted ways with two of its american players - center Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87, college: Syracuse) and point guard Chris Lowe (182-PG-87, college: Massachusetts) (182-PG-87, college: Massachusetts). Contract with Onuaku was terminated on a mutual agreement after discovering the renewal of his knee injury. The rehabilitation from this injury may take a long time and Onuaku decided to do it in the US.

Guard Chris Lowe was on a month's trial in Klaipeda but he did not justify the expectations of the team and thus Neptunas did not extend his contract.

Meanwhile, center Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85, college: Virginia) has become the newest addition to the team.

According to Neptunas' coach, Paulius Juodis and director, Osvaldas Kurauskas, they are not planning any roster changes for the rest of the year.



Neptunas claims a tough victory over Barsy - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Neptunas Klaipeda has reached its fourth victory in the Baltic Basketball League Challenge Cup. They have defeated Barsy Atyrau 91:87 (23:13, 24:25, 15:28, 29:21).

Neptunas Klaipeda started off strong and quickly built a 10 point lead which they maintained over the first half. However, Atyrau struck back in the third quarter (29:15) and gained a four point lead. They managed to increase the advantage to 7 points at the beginning of the fourth period but Neptunas responded strong and tied the score at 73:73. With 3 minutes left, Barsy had a 1 point lead but Klaipeda made a 7:0 run and reached a tough victory.

Marius Runkauskas netted 23 points, Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85, college: Virginia) (205-F-85, college: Virginia) added 19 (13 rebounds), Martynas Mazeika (193-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) 16 and Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) (9 rebounds) for the winning team.

Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) responded with 21 points for Atyrau.


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  MEXICO   


LNBP Round 34: Top-ranked Fuerza Regia wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (26-6) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Lechugueros (10-22) in Monterrey 99-92. Lechugueros trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-99 at the end of the game. Fuerza Regia made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Lechugueros turnovers. Strangely Lechugueros outrebounded Fuerza Regia 41-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Lechugueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds for Lechugueros. Lechugueros' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lechugueros will play on the road against Volcanes (#14) in Toluca and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (26-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Abejas (13-19) in Monterrey 114-87. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Andre Joseph Tyronzic chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fuerza Regia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. Abejas at the other side keep the ninth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Corr.Victoria. Fuerza Regia will play against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Abejas will play on the road against Pioneros (#7) in Cancun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Barreteros (16-16) and Panteras (9-23), which took place in Zacatecas. Higher ranked Barreteros lost at home to twelfth ranked Panteras 79-86 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. Samuel Bowie notched 22 points to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds by James Reaves did not help to save the game for Barreteros. Barreteros' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Panteras maintains twelfth position with 9-23 record. Loser Barreteros keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Panteras will meet at home higher ranked Huracanes (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Barreteros will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Huracanes (21-12) and 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-28) in Tampico ended with biggest points difference. Huracanes outscored guests from San Juan 104-72. Robert Hornsby fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Huracanes' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes moved-up to fifth place. Aguilas Rojas lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 28 games lost. Huracanes' next round opponent will be Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to win another game. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Soles beat Corr.Victoria on the road 82-76. Halc.Rojos destroyed Pioneros on its own court 87-57. Lechugueros were outscored by Toros in Nuevo Laredo 88-63.


Barreteros - Panteras 79-86

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Barreteros (16-16) and Panteras (9-23), which took place in Zacatecas. Higher ranked Barreteros lost at home to twelfth ranked Panteras 79-86 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. Panteras made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) notched 22 points to lead the effort and guard Marlyn Bryant (193-82, college: S.Florida) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds by forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Barreteros. Guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 points for lost side. Five Panteras and four Barreteros players scored in double figures. Barreteros' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Panteras maintains twelfth position with 9-23 record. Loser Barreteros keep the eighth place with 16 games lost. Panteras will meet at home higher ranked Huracanes (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Barreteros will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: S.Bowie 22+1reb, M.Bryant 17+5reb, M.Johnson 14+6reb, G.Giron 13+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 10+7reb+1ast, A.Eneas 8+6reb+2ast
Barreteros: G.Stokes 17+2reb+3ast, J.Reaves 16+13reb+2ast, D.Shaw 15+5reb+1ast, G.Logins 11+9reb, F.Fisher 7+4reb, R.Loera Almanza 7+1reb
gschID: 137873


Fuerza Regia - Lechugueros 99-92

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (26-6) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Lechugueros (10-22) in Monterrey 99-92. Lechugueros trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-99 at the end of the game. Fuerza Regia made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Lechugueros turnovers. Strangely Lechugueros outrebounded Fuerza Regia 41-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Lechugueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized American guard Lorenzo Keeler (188-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO) added 21 points and 4 steals in the effort for Lechugueros. Five Lechugueros players scored in double figures. Lechugueros' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lechugueros will play on the road against Volcanes (#14) in Toluca and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: C.Roberts 30+5reb+3ast, D.Smith 25+8reb+2ast, J.Smith 23+4reb+3ast, M.Mitchell 8+2reb+7ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 5+1reb, A.Cruz 5+2reb+2ast
Lechugueros: R.Moss 27+14reb+2ast, L.Keeler 21+4reb, D.Yearby 15+4reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 14+5reb+3ast, B.RENDON PEDRO 10+3reb+1ast, S.CORDERO EDDIN 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 165283


Fuerza Regia - Abejas 114-87

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (26-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Abejas (13-19) in Monterrey 114-87. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Abejas was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Abejas outrebounded Fuerza Regia 45-31 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Abejas' players. American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fuerza Regia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. Abejas at the other side keep the ninth place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Corr.Victoria. Fuerza Regia will play against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Abejas will play on the road against Pioneros (#7) in Cancun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 25+4reb+4ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 19+5reb+3ast, C.Roberts 16+3reb+4ast, D.Smith 10+8reb+4ast, M.Mitchell 10+4ast, A.Cruz 9+4reb+5ast
Abejas: J.Verdejo 25+6reb+2ast, L.Wade 21+8reb+1ast, M.Jackson 13+16reb+3ast, A.Stockman 10+4reb, C.Silva 8+4reb+2ast, B.Heredia 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137870


Huracanes - Aguilas Rojas 104-72

The game between sixth ranked Huracanes (21-12) and 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-28) in Tampico ended with biggest points difference. Huracanes outscored guests from San Juan 104-72. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 40. They outrebounded Aguilas Rojas 39-28 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Huracanes players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Aguilas Rojas' players. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. U.S. Virgin Isl. Swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St.) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Huracanes' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Terrance Gamble (208-83, college: Tarleton St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import David Mercer added 16 points respectively for lost side. Five Huracanes and four Aguilas Rojas players scored in double figures. Huracanes moved-up to fifth place. Aguilas Rojas lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 28 games lost. Huracanes' next round opponent will be Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to win another game. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 27+13reb+9ast, J.Edwin 15+4reb+6ast, O.Quintero 14+3reb+4ast, L.Davis 13+5reb+3ast, A.Fuqua 13+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 8+7reb+2ast
Aguilas Rojas: T.Gamble 17+14reb+1ast, D.Mercer 16+3reb+3ast, L.Enrique Rangel 16+2reb+2ast, D.Dorsey 16+3reb+2ast, E.Hare 7+3reb, J.Portillo 0
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Corr.Victoria - Soles 76-82

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Soles (21-13) beat 10th ranked Correcaminos (13-19) in Ciudad Victoria 82-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Correcaminos won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Soles made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Venezuelan swingman Jose Vargas (196-82) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Soles have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Pioneros. Correcaminos at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 19 games lost. Soles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Correcaminos will play against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soles: J.Vargas 24+6reb+2ast, D.Cubillan 12+1reb+1ast, D.Fells 11+8reb+1ast, P.Meza Rogel 9+7reb+2ast, C.Edwards 8+4reb, J.Luis Bucio 7+2reb
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 20+5reb, R.Brown 15+2reb+2ast, M.English 14+10reb+3ast, D.Lamont 10+6reb, F.Harris 9+5reb, A.Ferguson 4+9reb
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Halc.Rojos - Pioneros 87-57

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Pioneros (21-13) were smashed by second ranked Halcones Rojos (24-5) in Veracruz 87-57. The game without a history. Halcones Rojos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pioneros to just 3 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Pioneros 44-22 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) produced 11 points and his fellow American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Halcones Rojos maintains second position with 24-5 record having five point less than leader Fuerza Regia. Pioneros at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan which should be another easy win for them. Pioneros will play at home against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: G.Vargas 21+8reb+3ast, L.Bethelmy 14+7reb+2ast, P.Stoll 10+6reb+4ast, D.Cortes 8+4reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 8+5reb, C.Rivera 8+3reb+2ast
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 11+4reb+1ast, C.Hernandez 10+3reb, G.Grays 9+3reb+4ast, H.Llamas 8+2reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 7+2reb, J.Millsap 4+2reb+2ast
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Toros - Lechugueros 88-63

Very predictable result when third ranked Toros (24-9) rolled over 11th ranked Lechugueros (10-22) in Nuevo Laredo 88-63. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Lechugueros was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Lechugueros' 38. They outrebounded Lechugueros 45-28 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Toros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 24-9 record having just one points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be league's leader Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lechugueros will play on the road against Volcanes (#14) in Toluca.
Top scorers:
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 21+10reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 15+10reb+5ast, T.Gardner 11+2reb, E.Manuel Guzman 10+7reb, J.Lopez 9+7reb+1ast, B.Angley 9+3reb+6ast
Lechugueros: D.Yearby 19+4reb+1ast, R.Moss 16+7reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 12+2reb+5ast, L.Keeler 9+2reb+1ast, D.FORD 4+5reb+2ast, E.SANTIAGO 2+3reb+2ast
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Panteras de Aguascalientes sign Jonathan Smith - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) signed 29-year old American forward Jonathan Smith (206-F-100kg-82, college: Bowie St.). In his first game he scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds helping his new team beat Barreteros 86-79. Smith played most recently at Usak Universitesi Belediyespor (Turkey). While playing 2 games for Usak last season his stats were: 15.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5spg, 1.5bpg and left next month. He is a very experienced player. Smith played also pro basketball in Argentina, China, Portugal, Puerto Rico and Turkey. He graduated Bowie State University in 2003 and actually missed last season. It will be his nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Aaron Eneas joins Panteras de Aguascalientes - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) agreed terms with 33-year old Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-F-109kg-78). In his first game he scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds helping his new team beat Barreteros 86-79. Eneas played most recently at Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver. (LNBP). While playing 23 games for Ola Verde last season his stats were: 17.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4bpg (2nd best in the league). He is a very experienced player. Eneas played also pro basketball in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 26-6 
 2. Halc.Rojos 24-5 
 3. Toros 24-9 
 4. Halc.Xalapa 21-8 
 5. Huracanes 21-12 
 6. Soles 21-13 
 7. Pioneros 21-13 
 8. Barreteros 16-16 
 9. Abejas 13-19 
 10. Corr.Victoria 13-19 
 11. Lechugueros 10-22 
 12. Panteras 9-23 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-28 
 14. Volcanes 0-32 


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WELCOME TO BAR! - by Akeem Scott
Gukentaj Eurobasket,
My name is Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point), Also known as Keem. That word Gukentaj is a made up word, I figure since everybody in the world can read this, why not make up my own language!

First, let me start by saying God is Good. He is my source and my strength in this amazing path he has giving me, while His one and only Son holds my hand. Im the Point Guard for the upcoming Jamaican National team (watch out for us we get better every year.) Currently Im a member of the 7-0 Montenegrin team call Monar Bar. Bar is a beautiful City surrounded by Mountains and a large mass of clear blue water. In between the water and the mountains is us, the people of Bar!! Yes US. Ever since I fell in love with this girl name Palacinke I will not shy away from being Montenegrin?:)

Monar Bar has the best President, best coaching staff and fans. The Head Coach is Mihajlo Pavicevic also known as Coach P. Toughest coach I ever played for. When He yells, I think I see Fire come out his mouth!!! Hes a Father first, everything he teaches in basketball it relates to life. He said to our team a couple weeks ago If you keep losing in PRACTICE, how could you ever Win in LIFE! quotes like this leads me to believe he cares about us as people. My team and I will fight hard every game to see him smile. Speaking of my team Monar Bar, We are young, very young but we know how to play hard. In the Locker room we sing Serbian songs, dance to Hip-hop and show each other respect. We are a family here in Bar. 7-0 in 1A Erste League, 3-2 in Balkan league. Good Season so far. As for me here are three cool facts you should know about me. 1.) I Love the New York Giants (NFL) 2.)My playstation name is Keem34 if you want to play me in Madden or NBA2k, Call of Duty. 3.) I Love you PALACINKEEEEEEEEEEEEE

God is Good. In Bar We stand as FAMILY! Keem.


New signing for Sutjeska - by Darko Pekic
Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82), the experienced big man with international experience, signed a contract with KK Sutjeska. He will be more than useful to the newcomers in the league although they started the season well (5-3 record). New coach Dusan Dubljevic , who replaced Rade Petrovic after the tough loss against Lovcen two weeks ago, will have another option under the basket and with this signing Sutjeska made another step forward and is now close to reach the season objective- to avoid relegation.

The 29 year old center started his professional career in Borac Banja Luka (in 2001) and spent four sesons with them. Then he moved to Slovenia and joined Geoplin Slovan where he gained also some Adriatic League experience. Jocovic started the 2011/2012 season in Romania with SC Otopeni but after a couple of months they decided to split ways and now he will have an opportunity to show his skills to Sutjeska's fans and help the club in reaching its objectives.


Standings - 1A
1A Erste Basketball League Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 7-0
 2. Mogren 6-2
 3. Lovcen 5-3
 4. Sutjeska 5-3
 5. Ulcinj 4-3
 6. Teodo Tivat 3-5
 7. KK Podgorica 3-5
 8. Jedinstvo 2-6
 9. ABS Primorje 2-6
 10. Danilovgrad 2-6
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost -


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African Champions Cup: Program of the day. - by Marek Krala

The technical meeting of the African Champions Cup Men 2011 was held Sunday, December 11 in Sale.

12 clubs will take part to this competition which will take place from December 12 to 21 in Sale, Morocco. Here is the composition of groups obtained after the draw.

GROUP A
1. AS Sale (MAR)
2. AL ALHY (LBA)
3. LIBILO (ANG)
4. Urunani (BUR)
5. Union Bank Lagos (NGR)
6. Mazembe Katanga (RDC)

GROUP B
1. Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (ANG)
2. Etoile du Sahel (TUN)
3. MALABO KINGS (GEQ)
4. ATLETICO PETROLEOS (ANG)
5. CR ALHOCEIMA (MAR)
6. ROYAL HOOPERS (NGR)



Program of Day 1 - 12/12/2011

13h30 Union Bank Lagos (NGR) # Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo (ANG)

15h30 Chabab Rif Al Hoceima (MAR) # MALABO KING (GEQ)

18h00 AS Sale (MAR) # Urunani (BUR)

20h00 Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda (ANG) # Atletico Petroleos de Luanda (ANG)




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Knicks Add Leadership - by Daniel Gibson
After adding a great defensive and locker room presence in Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82), the New York Knicks follow that up by signing Mike Bibby.

Mike Bibby has made tough shots in big moments all throughout his career and last season played in the Finals against Chandler last season. Bibby was signed after the Knicks were forced to amnesty Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) to free up cap space. The plan is to bring Bibby off of the bench to give Toney Douglas (6'1''-PG-86, college: Florida St.) a rest and lead the second unit.

Bibby has been in the league 13 seasons and accepts his role as a veteran leader.

Were all teammates, so anything I can do to help, thats what Im going to do. If he [Toney Douglas] needs me, I will be in his ear. I know he is young, so I'm going to help him as much as I can, even with Shumpert too, Bibby said in an interview on Knicks.com

The Knicks are not done making moves. Free agent Shawne Williams (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Memphis) has been offered a contract and the Knicks are also looking into acquiring Jamal Crawford via a sign and trade with Atlanta and a third team.




David West chooses Pacers over Celtics - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics bold pursuit of former Hornets forward David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) ended yesterday when the free agent signed with the Pacers.

Indiana, which entered this offseason with $21 million in salary cap space, signed West to a two-year contact worth $20 million, his agent, Lance Young, told the Indianapolis Star. The Celtics had orchestrated a sign-and-trade deal with the Hornets to get West, but could only offer about $8 million.

West is recovering from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that may have limited his free agent opportunities. The Pacers had been seeking an All-Star-caliber player to add to their young core and made a late push for the 31-year-old West, after it appeared that the deal with the Celtics was done.

Wests decision robs the Celtics of a versatile forward who would have teamed with Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce to carry the club into the future, but it also clears up several roster ambiguities that had plagued practice the past few days.

Jermaine ONeal, whose expiring contract was dangled to New Orleans for West, was at practice yesterday and can rest easy, at least for now. Rookies JaJuan Johnson and ETwaun Moore sat out for the second consecutive day because of the holdup on paperwork for their contracts and their potential involvement in the West deal.

Coach Doc Rivers moved todays practice to 2 p.m. to hopefully allow those matters to be solved.

West would have added depth to the Celtics frontcourt, but losing ONeal would have subtracted their only legitimate center. If ONeal stays, Kevin Garnett could log fewer minutes at center, and Jeff Green could spell Pierce more often at small forward.

Rivers cannot envision rotations or chemistry because of the lack of bodies available to practice.

The first day we have camp is when we have everyone, he said. Right now, as far as Im concerned, we havent started camp yet. Were just doing preseason work.

Brandon Bass also has yet to practice because the trade with Orlando has not yet been approved by the NBA. Green did not practice because the paperwork on his one-year deal is not yet final.

Courtesy of www.bostonglobe.com


Knicks sign Bibby, Jeffries, pair of rookies - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks have signed veteran guard Michael Bibby (6'2''-PG-78, college: Arizona), re-signed forward Jared Jeffries (6'10''-C-81, college: Indiana), and inked their two draft picks.

With guard Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech) and center Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89) also signing Sunday, the Knicks' roster is at 11 players. Most of their moves were on hold while they worked to complete a three-team trade that brought Tyson Chandler from Dallas to New York on Saturday.

Bibby could replace Chauncey Billups, who the Knicks used the amnesty clause to waive so they could afford Chandler's four-year, $56 million contract. Bibby has averaged 15.2 points in 13 NBA seasons but struggled last season for the Miami Heat, managing only 3.6 points per game in 20 postseason starts.

Shumpert, the No. 17 pick from Georgia Tech, is also an option at the point.

Jeffries is a favorite of coach Mike D'Antoni because of his ability to defend multiple positions.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


Report: Marc Gasol receives four-year, $55 million offer sheet from Houston Rockets - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets seem to be determined to bring a 'Gasol' onto their roster this season. While talks have been up, down and back around in regards to Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol, now it seems that the Memphis Grizzlies' big man Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) have been targeted by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski twitter feed, the Rockets are prepared to offer Marc Gasol a max-contract offer.

Houston's close to signing Marc Gasol to max-contract offer sheet, working a sign-and-trade with Memphis to secure him, league sources say. - @WojYahooNBA via Twitter
.The Grizzlies options would then be the following:

The Rockets are working to sign Marc Gasol to a 4 year, $55M offer sheet, sources tell Y! Memphis would have 3 days to match, or lose him. - @WojYahooNBA via Twitter .Even if Memphis matches the deal, it seems that Houston's supreme focus is to bring a quality big man to H-Town this season.

Courtesy of http://houston.sbnation.com


Sources: Clippers on Chris Paul's list - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers are close to acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) in a multi-player blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Hornets, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.

The paper, citing two sources familiar with the discussions, reported late Sunday the deal would cost the Clippers center Chris Kaman, backup guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota's unprotected 2012 No. 1 pick.

The report said both parties were in the final stages of negotiations and that the NBA will likely review the deal on Monday.

The Clippers know that Paul is unlikely to sign an extension with any team that trades for him because the rules in place in the NBA's new labor agreement make it more advantageous for top stars to play the season out and then sign a longer deal in free agency, even if they're staying with the same team. But sources told ESPN.com earlier Sunday that the Clippers, in one scenario, merely wanted Paul to pick up the 2012-13 contract option at the time of the trade -- thus delaying his free agency by one year -- if they would cede one of their two most prized trade assets for Paul: Eric Gordon or a future No. 1 draft pick.

In a similar situation in February, Mo Williams agreed to pick up his option for the 2011-12 season to clinch the Clippers' deal with Cleveland that swapped Williams for Baron Davis. Sources said earlier Sunday that the Clippers -- if Paul agreed to do the same -- would be willing to reverse their previous stance and send either Gordon or the Minnesota pick to the Hornets because they'd know that Paul would be in place next to Griffin for at least two seasons, removing the threat of trading for Paul and then watching him leave in free agency in July.

ESPN.com reported late Saturday that the Clippers had emerged as the 'early front-runner' in the race to land Paul after the frustrated Lakers finally withdrew from three-team talks with the Hornets and Houston Rockets. One source close to the situation said early Sunday that New Orleans had asked the Clippers for Gordon, Kaman, Bledsoe, Aminu and at least two future first-round picks in exchange for Paul.

Sources say that the Clippers, meanwhile, are quietly confident that having Paul for the next two seasons will ultimately lead to a long-term arrangement, especially if L.A. manages to sign Griffin to an extension next summer. ESPN.com reported earlier this week that Gordon and the Warriors' Stephen Curry are the players most coveted by New Orleans in a potential Paul deal, but the Warriors have been pessimistic about getting the assurances about the future they need from Paul to surrender Curry.

The Hornets remain under pressure to find a palatable deal for Paul, who can become a free agent in July 2012 and has already told the franchise that he does not intend to sign an extension. In addition to New Orleans' natural desire to find a new home for Paul as quickly as possible to avoid the sort of soap opera that engulfed the Denver Nuggets last season until they traded Carmelo Anthony in February, league officials now technically in charge of the Hornets also know that the union has hinted at soon pursuing legal action on Paul's behalf if a new trade is not hashed out.

Paul spoke extensively with the union on Thursday, after Stern squashed the original three-team trade, about what legal options were available. The union planned to speak with Paul Sunday to gauge how he wants to go forward and how vigorously he may want to fight the league's ruling, sources said.

While Paul is despondent, sources say he also understands that a drawn-out battle with the league, whether in the courts or elsewhere, could lead to a heavy public backlash in New Orleans. But there is also a push within the union to sue the NBA if no trade is consummated by Monday, with possible claims of circumvention or collusion.

New Orleans officials are likewise crestfallen by the NBA's steady refusal to sign off on any trade construction presented by the Hornets, Rockets and Lakers that would have landed Paul in L.A. next to Kobe Bryant after NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the teams' original trade Thursday.

The Clippers, at least, remain a very plausible trade partner for Paul, given all the young assets possessed by the Lakers' Staples Center co-tenants. Sources say that Aminu, Bledsoe and the expiring contract of Kaman are among the pieces that have been made available to New Orleans this week.

Paul has known from the start that a trade to the Knicks was virtually impossible because of New York's limited trade assets beyond star forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. The recent arrival of Tyson Chandler in free agency has enabled New York to offer a package centered around Stoudemire for Paul, but sources say that the league-owned Hornets have no interest in taking such a risk, given the fact that Stoudemire's massive contract signed last summer with the Knicks could not be fully insured because of his longstanding knee troubles.

Courtesy of ESPN


Bucks sign Dunleavy to multi-year deal - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks signed forward/guard Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) to a multi-year contract on Saturday.

Dunleavy averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 61 games for the Pacers last season. His 102 three-pointers marked the third time in his career that he eclipsed the century mark.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Dunleavy has career averages of 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 627 games with the Warriors and Pacers. Dunleavy is a 36.1 percent shooter from three-point range.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Los Angeles Lakers trade Lamar Odom to Dallas Mavericks - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers have traded forward Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) and a second-round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks for a first-round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception, capping Los Angeles stunning 72-hour breakup with last seasons Sixth Man of the Year.

The Lakers and Mavericks announced the deal Sunday night, three days after Odom learned Los Angeles was attempting to trade him in a megadeal for New Orleans superstar Chris Paul.

After the NBA blocked that trade, Odom declined to report to the Lakers opening day of training camp on Friday. Odom then requested a trade, and the Lakers improbably swung a deal with the rival Mavericks, who swept Los Angeles out of the second round of last seasons playoffs.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant voiced his displeasure with the trade to one of their biggest rivals.

To be honest with you, I dont like it, Bryant said when the Lakers showed up for their third day of training camp knowing their top reserve will be shipped to the Mavericks.

Its tough to lose Lamar. Pau [Gasol] is still here, and were all thankful for that. Its hard when youve been through so many battles with players to just see them go somewhere else. Its tough.

Odom will aid the Mavs recovery from Tyson Chandlers departure.

West to join Pacers

David West says he has agreed to play for the Indiana Pacers and is looking forward to joining a club with a good mix of talented veterans and budding young players.

Wests agent, Lance Young, says the two-year deal is worth $20 million.

The Pacers have not yet announced the free-agent signing.

West, a two-time All-Star who was drafted 18th overall by New Orleans in 2003, started 70 games for the Hornets last season, averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a victory at Utah on March 24.

The 31-year-old had reconstructive surgery on April 12 and opted out of a deal 2 months later that would have paid him $7.5 million with the Hornets this season.

Trailblazers sign Thomas

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed 16-year NBA veteran center Kurt Thomas.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

At 39, Thomas is the NBAs oldest active player.

He played last season with Chicago, averaging 4.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 52 games, including 37 starts. For his career, Thomas has averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Drafted by Miami with the 10th overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft out of Texas Christian, the Dallas native has also played with the Mavericks, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee.

Knicks continue to deal

The New York Knicks signed veteran guard Mike Bibby, re-signed forward Jared Jeffries and inked their two draft picks Sunday, finally giving themselves enough healthy bodies to hold a normal practice.

With guard Iman Shumpert and center Josh Harrellson signing, the Knicks roster is at 11 players. Most of their moves were on hold while they worked to complete a three-team trade that brought Chandler from Dallas to New York on Saturday.

Bibby could replace Chauncey Billups, whom the Knicks used the amnesty clause on to waive so they could afford Chandlers four-year, $56 million contract. Bibby has averaged 15.2 points in 13 NBA seasons but struggled last season for the Miami Heat, managing only 3.6 points per game in 20 postseason starts.

Hes expected to come off the bench behind Toney Douglas, saying he is comfortable with those plans after agreeing to a one-year deal.

Offer to Jordan

The Golden State Warriors signed Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to a four-year offer sheet worth about $42.7 million. As a restricted free agent, the Clippers have three days to match the offer.

The 6-foot-11 Jordan has emerged as an athletic and promising young center however raw and unproven in three years in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old averaged 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 minutes per game last season.

Not speaking

Magic center Dwight Howard says he hasnt spoken with General Manager Otis Smith since telling the executive that he wants to be traded.

Howard said that he conveyed to management several times during the offseason the type of personnel moves he would like to see that could persuade him to stay in Orlando. But he says those suggestions were ignored.

Smith has said he will pursue trade options, but that the teams goal remains keeping the All-Star centers services.

Courtesy of www.ohio.com


76ers re-sign center Spencer Hawes - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that restricted free agent center Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) has accepted the teams qualifying offer. Hawes is completing his physical at Main Line Health and will begin practicing with the Sixers today. Philadelphias training camp roster now stands at 17.

With the signing of Spencer, we now have our core returning - a group that is very familiar with each other, their roles and Coach Collins system and philosophies, Sixers President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn said.

Hawes (7-1, 245) started all but one game for the Sixers last season, averaging 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.88 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game. Over the final 18 games, he averaged 27.1 mpg, up from 19.5 his first 63 games played. The Sixers were 14-6 when he scored in double-figures.

In four NBA seasons, Hawes has appeared in 301 games with 199 starts, averaging 8.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.95 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by Sacramento and was acquired via trade by Philadelphia along with Andres Nocioni in exchange for Samuel Dalembert on June 17, 2010.

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Wizards re-sign center Hamady N'diaye - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed center Hamady N'Diaye (6'11''-C-87, college: Rutgers)..

Hamady gained valuable experience when he received more playing time at the end of last season and worked hard this summer to continue to improve, said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. His tremendous attitude and work ethic make him a valuable piece of the teams chemistry.

Ndiaye returns to the Wizards after appearing in 16 games for the team last season. The 7-0 native of Senegal was originally selected by Minnesota with the 56th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft before his rights were traded along with the rights to Trevor Booker in exchange for the rights to Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica on Draft Night and was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year at Rutgers in 2010.

The training camp roster now stands at 17 players.

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Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal - by Eurobasket News
The Magic got their man! Well, not that man. Not Superman.

It's just Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) actually who inked a four-year, $25 million deal according to Yahoo! Sports. One of the top guards in this free agent class for sure, but not exactly the primary target or someone that will necessarily encourage Dwight Howard to stick around.

Magic general manager talked to the media Saturday evening and said the team was close to a deal with Richardson and would have one done by Monday. He was asked if Richardson were just trade bait or for the long-term and Smith said he intended to keep Richardson. Smith also said the re-signing of Richardson would not have been possible without the amnesty on Gilbert Arenas.

The Magic are in such an interesting place right now with their roster. Just because Dwight Howard might be out doesn't mean it's time to blow everything apart and start anew. Orlando will be receiving a nice package in exchange for Howard that could include someone like Brook Lopez and/or Nene. So there needs to be quality pieces in place for when the roster is rebuilt.

He's only 30 and still has a number of good years ahead of him. He gives the Magic a lot of depth at shooting guard with J.J. Redick and keeps the team with a bevy of outside shooting threats, which is something coach Stan Van Gundy likes. Especially if Dwight Howard is his center. And while he might not be in a week or so, there's a good chance Van Gundy will have a new talented big man in his place, so having those marksmen flanking the wings isn't a bad thing.

Richardson averaged 15.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with a 15.02 PER playing in both Phoenix in Orlando last season. With the Suns in 25 games he put up 19.3 ppg but with the Magic in 55, he only averaged 13.9. Four years at a little more than $5 million per year is a pretty good bargain for a player like Richardson. Considering what a lot of other guys in the same neighborhood as him are going for, I'd say the Magic did pretty well. But that's not the whole story. Because the Magic are in flux right now, or at least should be.

Richardson faded mightily last season and will greatly damage the Magic's chances of getting under the cap in the near future. Which seems like the logical plan post-Dwight. Cut salary, open up some flexibility and rebuild. Instead, it seems like Otis Smith is trying to prep to continue on with a mediocre roster that may include Nene or Brook Lopez in the near future.

Curious.

Related: Consider this curious quote from Richardson though that he had over the summer:

'I want to go to a great place for my family,' Richardson told the Saginaw News. 'I've been blessed by God to play in the NBA for a lot of money. I'd like to go someplace that has a chance to win a championship ... I probably have five or six seasons left in the NBA, so I want to go somewhere I can stay.'
Are the Magic a team he can win a title with? Or I should say, will they be that type of team in a week or two? Nope. But at this point, no way is he turning down what the Magic offered. Forget titles and contending. Money talks.

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Bobcats re-sign free agent Brown; still working on deals with rookies Walker, Biyombo - by Eurobasket News
The Bobcats had only nine players on the floor for the start of training camp. They hope to have a few more Saturday.

The Bobcats re-signed restricted free agent Derrick Brown (6'8''-F-87, college: Xavier) to a one-year deal and expect to get rookie Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) under contract soon.

Theyre also continuing to negotiate with free agent Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports).

The team confirmed the Derrick Brown's deal Friday night after the New York Knicks withdrew their qualifying offer to Brown. Terms were not released. Brown played the majority of his two NBA seasons with Charlotte prior to being waived late last season.

Coach Paul Silas says he views Brown as a backup small forward and looks forward to getting him on the floor Saturday.

I was hoping we could get him back last but we couldnt, Silas said. He wants to come back and we really wanted him and I think its going to work out for both sides.

Walker has yet to sign a contract, although Bobcats director of basketball operations Rod Higgins expects a resolution shortly.

The same cant be said for fellow lottery pick Bismack Biyombo (6'10''-C-92), who remains in a contract dispute with his former Spanish team. Biyombo is suing his former team Feunlabrada for breach of contract and a civil suit is slated for Dec. 19 in Spain.

Both rookies were relegated to watching practice from the bench.

Unfortunately he couldnt get out there with his guys, but I know hes chomping at the bit, Higgins said of Walker. But I would anticipate a resolution shortly.

Walker, a point guard, helped Connecticut to the national championship last season, averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He was selected the Final Fours outstanding player.

Higgins spent a good portion of his day trying to re-sign free agent center Kwame Brown, who played well in starting role late last season. The Bobcats consider Brown a key cog in their scheme, but are determined not to overpay to keep him.

Were still talking to Kwame and his representatives, Higgins said. I think Kwame has an opportunity, probably with quite a few teams. Things are so unsettled in terms of the NBA right now Im sure Kwame is still contemplating offers. And were still in communication with Kwames representatives.

Browns agent Mark Bartelstein said negotiations with the Bobcats are ongoing, but wouldnt make a prediction as to how things will unfold.

Matt Carroll said it would be huge to get Brown back.

I saw him the other day and he looks great, Carroll said. It would be great to have him bringing the momentum from last season into this season. Plus hes a guy who sets some great screens.

The Bobcats also are looking to add a shooting guard in free agency after failing to land free-agent Mike Dunleavy, who took a better offer with Milwaukee.

Friday night was the first time the new-look Bobcats practiced together as a team, doing so at the teams regular practice gym at Time Warner Cable Arena rather than on the coast in Wilmington, N.C., as they did a year ago.

Corey Maggette, who was acquired from Milwaukee in an offseason trade and figures to be the focal point of the offense, said hes excited about the future in Carolina. Maggette said he understands his role goes beyond being a scorer.

He wants to become the teams leader.

I have to help show the young guys the ropes, Maggette said.

Silas said he everyone reported to training camp in good shape and was impressed with the hustle and the enthusiasm.

We wanted them to play one scrimmage game and they wanted to play two, Silas said. So the atmosphere here is good and the attitude is great... We showed them a tape of how we wanted to run and then we went over the running. They were up and down like you wouldnt believe, just playing hard and playing together.

Maggette said that while guys came to training camp looking athletic, it will still take some time for everyone to get back up to full speed.

Its still a process where we still need to keep in shape, so its going to take a few days for guys to get our wind back, Maggette said. The guys we had on the floor really worked hard and we did the things we had to do.

Gerald Henderson said his hip feels 100 percent and hes ready to go this season.

Center DeSagana Diop, who is coming off surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, was somewhat limited at practice.

He played well and ran hard, but he just said coach I have to get in better shape and I understand that, Silas said. So I dont want him killing himself out here. Right now hes our only center so we have to make sure hes working himself into it so at least we have somebody.

Silas, who like many coaches around the league wondered if there would even be an NBA season, called Friday nights practice heaven.

It has been so long since we could work with them and talk to them, Silas said. It was great.

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Pistons sign GF Damien Wilkins - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have signed Damien Wilkins (6'7''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia).

The team announced the singing Saturday and did not release terms of the deal. Wilkins, who plays both guard and forward, averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 52 games with the Atlanta Hawks last season.

Hes also played with the Seattle-Oklahoma City franchise and Minnesota.

The 31-year-old Wilkins is the son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and the nephew of former Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins.

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Celtics re-sign forward Jeff Green - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics announced that they have re-signed forward Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It is great to have Jeff back with us, said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. We love the versatility that he brings to our roster and we think he will be an important part of the success that this team will have this season.

Green, a 69 forward, averaged 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.4 minutes per game last season split between Boston and Oklahoma City. The former Georgetown Hoya was acquired by the Celtics from the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Nenad Krstic and a future first round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson on February 24, 2011. Green recorded a double-double in his first start as a Celtic against Washington on April 11 recording 20 points, a career-high-tying 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Green improved his field goal percentage after the trade to the Celtics, shooting 48.5 percent from the floor in 26 games with the Cs after shooting 43.7 percent with the Thunder. Green has posted career averages of 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 315 games. Green recorded a career-high 37 points against New Jersey last season on December 1, 2010.

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Warriors sign restricted free agent C DeAndre Jordan to $42.7M, 4-year offer sheet - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors are making another run at a big man this offseason.

The Warriors signed Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) on Sunday to a four-year offer sheet worth approximately $42.7 million. As a restricted free agent, the Clippers have three days to match the offer.

The team announced the signing. A person with knowledge of the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information, confirmed the terms of the deal.

The 6-foot-11 Jordan has emerged as an athletic and promising young center - however raw and unproven - in three years in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old averaged 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 minutes per game last season.

While his contract might seem large for a player of his caliber, the Warriors seem willing to spend with his potential.

Weve always known one of the key factors for this team to get better was to rebound, the ability to defend and block shots. Thats the main ingredient that we wanted to see, and there are actually three of them, and DeAndre has those, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. Those things are important to us. We feel very strongly we will improve in those areas if we can attract a player of this nature, and hes the kind of guy who can solve some of those issues.

But we also know hes not at this stage yet. Hes not an offensive player whos going out and getting you 20 points every night or something like that. Were realistic in what we have there. But hes a young player whos still developing skills, so theres an upside associated with him as well.

It is unknown whether the Clippers will match the offer. Jordan reportedly already received an offer from Los Angeles worth $40 million over five years, and the historically downtrodden Clippers with NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin are suddenly on the rise.

Before the start of training camp, Riley expected several players to be overpaid because of the lockout-shortened free agency period. He also said the Warriors could make an above-market offer to a free agent if that player fit the teams short- and long-term plans.

The main thing for us was to make a legitimate offer showing that we wanted him and put ourselves in the best position we thought we could, Riley said. But to be able to say that were going to have to make an offer that the Clippers cannot match, I dont know that we were in a position to be able to do that. I will say that we evaluated that kind of thing.

Golden State has craved a bigger, better center to team with its powerful backcourt duo.

The high-scoring Warriors, under new coach Mark Jackson, are making a push to become a more defensive-oriented team to compliment the undersized guard combo of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. While the franchises front-office reconstruction under new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber made splashes this summer, notably hiring executive Jerry West, the roster has remained almost a mirror image of the one that finished 36-46 last season and got coach Keith Smart fired.

The Warriors pursued Tyson Chandler unsuccessfully, watching the former Dallas center land with the New York Knicks. Free agent center Nene is expected to command a considerably higher contract than Jordan, and Golden State feels Jordan is the better value in a year with a shallow pool of talented free agent big men.

The Warriors put themselves in position to sign Jordan by waiving guard Charlie Bell earlier Sunday under the new amnesty provision, which allows teams a once-a-year-option to wipe a players remaining contract from the salary cap and avoid any luxury tax penalties.

They also rescinded a qualifying offer to forward Reggie Williams, waived popular guard Jeremy Lin and have yet to sign rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler. Both rookies have been observing practice, and Riley said they likely wont be signed until the Clippers decide whether to match Jordans offer.

Bell showed up intoxicated at a Thursday court date for a drunken driving arrest in Michigan, authorities said, and he never reported to training camp. He already is facing a one-game suspension without pay after pleading no contest to reckless driving in California, and his contributions and contract were considerably less than center Andris Biedrins, who had been another amnesty possibility.

The Warriors host the Clippers in the regular-season opener on Dec. 25.

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Brian Scalabrine signs non-guaranteed deal with Chicago Bulls - by Eurobasket News
Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-C-78, college: USC) tried to soothe any hard feelings his departure from Benetton Treviso created after officials from that Italian team criticized him for leaving early to try out for the Bulls. Scalabrine had played well overseas, making good on his plan that he first shared with the Tribune last spring.

'I really enjoyed learning from the coach (Alexander Djordjevic),' said Scalabrine, who has not been officially cleared by FIBA to return to the NBA. 'The organization treated me unbelievably fairly. When I left, I gave them back all the money they paid me. I went over with the intent to stay all year if the lockout lasted that long.

'The only thing they were upset about was me leaving Friday instead of, say, two days before training camp. But I was trying to put myself in the best position to make the Bulls. I didn't want to be on Italian time while I'm trying to make the team.'

Scalabrine, a favorite of fans, coaches and teammates, is in camp on a non-guaranteed contract.

'I have a good chance,' he said. 'I have to earn my way, same as last year. There's an opportunity. I was playing 35 minutes a night in Italy, so I'm in shape.'

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Phoenix Suns re-sign Hill, waive Carter, add Telfair and Shannon Brown - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns re-signed one of their most popular players, added two solid backup guards and unloaded a large portion of a very big contract.

Not a bad start to the first day of post-lockout free agency.

Phoenix signed swingman Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) to a one-year, $6.5 million contract on Friday and followed that by signing one-year deals with Sebastian Telfair (6'0''-G-85) and Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.). The Suns also waived forward Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina), meaning the team will only have to fork over $4 million of the $18 million he was due for the 2011-12 season.

Re-signing Hill was Phoenixs top priority in the offseason, in part because hes still productive and one of the NBAs best defensive players at 39, but also for his leadership abilities and close friendship with point guard Steve Nash, whos in the last year of his contract.

Hes just a real, real important part to our team, not just what he does on the court, which has been great since hes got here, but the leadership in the locker room and the professionalism hes shown, Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. Theres just so many things about him that were just so important for us to have him back on our team.

The NBAs second-oldest player, Hill has proven to still be an above-average player after past injury woes, averaging 15.8 points last season while routinely guarding the opposing teams best player.

Hill also has been valued for his leadership abilities and calm demeanor, not to mention being considered a key to keeping Nash from leaving.

Despite being one of the top targets in the free agent market, Hill decided to return to the desert for a fifth season.

I think ultimately, (it) was just liking it here, Hill said. From Robert (Sarver) in ownership, to management, to the coaches, the medical staff. I like my teammates, I like the fans; there were some very attractive situations out there, but I liked it here.

Hill was one of the NBAs best players after being drafted out of Duke with the third overall pick by Detroit in 1994. But he was eventually hampered by a serious ankle injury that limited him to 47 games from 2000-2003.

The swingman revived his career in Orlando and has played four steady seasons for the Suns, averaging 12.3 points. He is still one of the leagues best defensive players, often matched up against players like LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant, and has been durable in his later years, playing less than 80 games just once while in Phoenix.

Hill made just over $10 million during his first four years with the Suns, a bargain for a productive starter, and the team made signing him a priority once the lockout was settled enhanced by Nashs pleas to not let him go somewhere else.

Sure you were worried he had a lot of options, a lot of good options, Gentry said. The fact that he chose to stay here is great for us and I think it speaks volumes for what he thinks about our franchise and how he felt like it would be beneficial to him.

Phoenix also solidified its rotation behind Nash by adding Telfair and Brown.

Telfair has played for five teams over seven NBA seasons, most recently a second stint with Minnesota in 2010-11. The 26-year-old has never averaged more than 9.8 points in a season, but is expected to give the Suns a solid backup to Nash.

I had a couple of situations and this was the best one, said Telfair, cousin of former Suns point guard Stephon Marbury. I had a team that wanted me, which was the situation I wanted to be in, so Im here. Ive got all my focus here and going to make the best of it.

Brown bounced around his first three seasons before settling in as Kobe Bryants backup with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 26-year-old gave the deep Lakers quality minutes over the past two seasons, setting career highs for points in each before declining a $2.4 million option to stay with the Lakers.

I just go out and play basketball and the style (in Phoenix) fits how I do it, Brown said. I like to get up and down, I like to run, shoot, a lot of scoring, screen-and-rolls, early shots on the break. And I think I bring a little bit different look with some defense with all those championship situations.

Carter had a short-lived run in the desert, playing 51 games 41 starts after joining the Suns with Mickeal Pietrus and Marcin Gortat in a six-player deal last December that sent Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando.

Once one of the NBAs most dynamic players, the 34-year-old Carter averaged 13.5 points while shooting 42 percent with Phoenix.

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Rip Hamilton nearing deal with Bulls - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose said he wo'nt try to persuade Richard Hamilton (199-G-78, college: Connecticut) or any other free agents to join the Bulls. In Hamilton's case, he wouldn't have had to anyway. A deal between the Bulls and Hamilton, one of the prominent players on the Detroit Pistons 2004 NBA champs, appears imminent, according to multiple reports.

Hamilton is expected to sign a two-year contract for about $10 million once his contract officially has been bought out by the Pistons.

Thats never been my style, Rose said when asked if he would recruit free agents. The city and the Chicago Bulls speak for itself. Its a great market, the team is great, weve got the best fans in the world. Every arena we go to weve at least got 30 percent, 50 percent of the arena.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau refused to discuss Hamilton specifically but did say incorporating a new player into the mix would not be difficult.

A lot of that stuff you can do with film sessions, bringing them in early and staying late, he said. You can get them up to speed pretty quickly. It would be similar if you were making a trade.

Hamilton has averaged 17.7 points per game in his 12-year career, but he averaged 14.1 last season, his lowest since his rookie year with the Wizards.

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Barea close to $19M deal with Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
The Timberwolves are finalizing a four-year deal for Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern).

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the deal is valued at $19 million.

While David Kahn has been known to collect point guards, Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour are the only ones currently on Minnesota's roster. Jonny Flynn was moved to the Rockets on last June's draft night. Barea was one of the key Dallas Mavs players last season.

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Raptors sign seven-foot centre Aaron Gray - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have signed seven-foot centre Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh), the club announced Sunday.

Gray played for the New Orleans Hornets last season, averaging 3.1 points and 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 13.0 minutes. He shot .566 from the field in his 41 appearances, including six as a starter.

Gray was a second-round selection (49th overall) by Chicago in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was dealt by the Bulls to the Hornets in January 2010. He has seen action in 190 career games with 25 starts, averaging 3.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 11.4 minutes.

While with the Bulls, Gray posted career-highs against Toronto on April 16, 2008 when he recorded 19 points and 22 rebounds in 35 minutes of play.

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Knicks re-sign forward Jared Jeffries - by Eurobasket News
New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has re-signed free agent forward Jared Jeffries (6'10''-C-81, college: Indiana). Per team policy, terms of the deal will not disclosed.

Jeffries, 6-11, 235-pounds, posts career averages of 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 22.6 minutes in 552 games (331 starts) over nine seasons with Washington, New York and Houston. He originally signed with New York on Aug. 8, 2006, was traded to Houston on Feb. 18, 2010 and then re-signed by the Knicks on Mar. 1, 2011. The Indiana University alum averaged 2.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists over 19.3 minutes in 24 games (nine starts). He has appeared in 260 games (144 starts) with New York, averaging 4.3 points on .431 shooting, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 22.6 minutes.

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Blazers sign forward/center Kurt Thomas - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers got a little bit bigger - and a whole lot older.

Sunday, Portland signed 39-year-old forward/center Kurt Thomas (6'9''-F-72, college: TCU) to a two-year deal. The 6-foot-9 veteran is the oldest player in the the league and will begin his 17th season after stints in Miami, Dallas, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, San Antonio, Milwaukee, and most recently Chicago.

Interim Blazers general manager Chad Buchanan has said that, even after Brandon Roy's unexpected retirement, the team's priority is to shore up the front court. Sunday, it took steps to do just that.

'We need another big. We're short on bigs. Kurt is a big guy with experience who brings some toughness to the floor,' Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. 'It's a good fit for him...He's someone that can rebound and defend and make reads. We're looking forward to having him.'

Portland's two centers are now a combined 76 years old. Marcus Camby, 37, is the other half of that duo, and he admitted that he never thought he'd again have an older teammate.

'Never. Not at this point on this team,' Camby said. 'You look at the roster and most of these guys were born in the late 80's. I was born in 1974. It's good to see somebody my age besides the coaches.'

Camby played with Thomas in New York when the Knicks reached the NBA Final in 1999. That, too, was a shortened season following a lockout, and Camby couldn't help but bring that up Sunday. But Marcus also articulated how Thomas was one of the, um...craftier players in the league - never shy about holding down an arm or grabbing a jersey to get the upper hand.

'He's the number 1 guy with that stuff. All that grabbing and holding a jersey,' Camby said with a grin. 'If you go up for an offensive rebound, he's always holding your arm down so you can't go. So, I'm glad he's on our side now.'

Thomas, who was not at training camp Sunday but is scheduled to arrive Monday, holds career averages of 8.6 points (48.6 FG%) and 6.9 rebounds. He averaged 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 52 games with the Bulls last season. He also became the became just the third player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring (28.9 ppg) and rebounding (14.6 rpg) during the 1994-95 season at Texas Christian.

The Blazers certainly don't expect anything close to that kind of impact, but they are looking forward to Thomas' services.

'We're excited to be adding the experience, toughness and veteran leadership that Kurt will provide for our team,' Buchanan said. 'We've long respected Kurt and expect him to make a strong contribution to our organization.'

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Report: Arenas officially a free agent - by Eurobasket News
NBA teams were informed Sunday night that Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-PG-82, college: Arizona) had cleared waivers and was officially an unrestricted free agent, according to a published report.

The story was reported by ESPN, citing sources.

The Orlando Magic on Friday released the veteran guard, using the amnesty clause contained in the NBA's new collective-bargaining agreement.

Under the terms of the amnesty clause, each team has a one-time opportunity to remove one contract from its books.

The move means Orlando still is on the hook for the remaining $62 million on Arenas' contract, but the money will not go against the team's salary cap.

Teams with salary-cap space have the first crack at placing bids for Arenas under the new amnesty provisions, but sources said his agent, Dan Fegan, had successfully persuaded teams that have shown an interest to lodge a bargain bid because the former All-Star ultimately wants to decide where he will continue his career.

Sources also said Arenas wants to go to the team Magic center Dwight Howard joins if he is traded.

The Magic agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards last December to bring Arenas to Orlando in exchange for forward Rashard Lewis.

The 10-year veteran averaged 8.0 points, 3.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 49 appearances last season. His 21.8 minutes per game in Orlando was far from his career average of 35.8 minutes. The 29-year-old has averaged 21.2 points, 5.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds for his career.

Arenas has also been involved in his fair share of off-court controversies during his career, most notably the infamous locker-room gun incident involving a reported gambling dispute with former Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton in late 2009. The incident led to both players being suspended for the remainder of the season.

The NBA also fined Arenas an undisclosed amount in June for comments he posted on Twitter that were construed as being offensive toward women and special-education students.

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Rockets sign Jeremy Lin - by Eurobasket News
The Rockets claimed guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) on Sunday, adding the former Harvard guard by picking up the second year of his non-guaranteed contract.

Lin, 23, who had become a popular reserve with his hometown Warriors last season, was released last week.

Lin, 6-3, averaged 2.6 points on 38.9 percent shooting in 29 games as a rookie last season. He averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists with Reno of the NBA Development League.



Developing center

While the Rockets continued their search for one of the Gasol brothers to play center, coach Kevin McHale praised the play of one of the centers he has through the first three days of training camp.

'I would say, to me the guy that I've been most impressed with has been Jordan (Hill),' McHale said 'He's really, really so coachable, wanting to learn all the time. He wants to help, wants to go out there, wants to do what you want him to do. He's been fantastic.

'He wants to get better. He wants to improve his game. There's just a lot of things about Jordan to like. I'm pulling for him. at the end of the day, as much as I'm pulling for a guy, he has to step on the court and do it.'


Sunny forecast

A day after the Rockets did not have enough healthy and available players to go five-on-five, Luis Scola and Kevin Martin returned to practice and Goran Dragic participated in parts of practice, allowing a more customary workout Sunday.

'It was normal,' guard Courtney Lee said of having players return to practice after the trade that would have sent them out fell through. 'We practiced all last year with them and they practiced that first day. They just missed one day.

'The storm settled. Sunny weather. It's time to play.'

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Cavaliers re-sign Anthony Parker - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard/forward Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) to a contract, General Manager Chris Grant announced. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

Bringing back Anthony was a high priority for us. We place great value on the leadership, professionalism and veteran presence he brings both on the court and in the locker room, said General Manager Chris Grant. His high basketball IQ, ability to shoot with range and play solid perimeter defense made re-signing him extremely important for us.

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 2. Quebec K. 8-5 
 3. Halifax R. 6-4 
 4. St.John M.R. 6-5 
 5. Oshawa P. 6-7 
 6. Summerside S. 5-7 
 7. Moncton M. 0-10 


Miracles continue shakeup - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles continue to shake things up.

The struggling club will have a different look with four newcomers in the lineup when it faces the Saint John Mill Rats in National Basketball League of Canada action tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum.

Moncton signed three free agents this weekend, including a proven veteran in guard Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) who played last season for the Halifax Rainmen in the Premier Basketball League.

Halifax was allowed to protect five players when it left the PBL and helped found the NBL Canada. Lathan was among this group that got protected, but the native of Chesapeake, Virginia never reported to Rainmen training camp and they released him.

Lathan, 6-foot-6, has significant experience in various professional leagues. Moncton head coach and general manager Mike Evans was Halifax's head coach last season so he knows what he's getting in this acquisition.

'He can get you the basket,' said Evans. 'He's clever around the basket. He's definitely an offensive player. He came off the bench in Halifax last season and had an impact when he entered the game.

'He's a good rebounder. He has a decent mid range game. He's a good on the ball defender. This guy is a pro who takes a lot of pride in the way he plays. I think fans are going to enjoy watching him. He'll bring some excitement to our team.

'He'll bring some valuable experience to our young team. That's one of the reasons I went after him. He can create his own shot off the dribble. He's big enough that he can play with his back to the basket.'

Moncton, 0-10, is last in the league and making significant changes to its 12-man roster part way through the 36-game schedule. It released small forward Joe Webb this weekend and also signed free agents Sylvania Watkins and George Fudge.

Watkins is a 6-foot-8 Atlanta native who plays small forward and power forward. Since completing his American college basketball career, he's played the past four years in professional leagues in Chile, China and the Dominican Republic.

Fudge is a 6-foot-5 small forward from Atlanta. Since finishing his American college basketball career in 2008, he's played in several pro-am tournaments in the United States. The NBL Canada will be his first time playing in a professional league.

Watkins and Fudge were spectators at the last two Miracles' games and they practised with them on tryout last week.

'I like the heart and desire they both show,' said Evans. 'Hopefully, the consistency they've shown in practices rolls into games. Sylvania Watkins is a high energy player who's always moving. He rebounds well. He's a tenacious defender. He takes a lot of pride in what he does on the court.

'George Fudge has good size and strength. He's a left-handed shot which gives lots of people a problem. He's a strong finisher at the basket. He's an aggressive defender who really gets after people.'

Moncton has had an eight-day break to prepare for tomorrow's home game against Saint John. Lathan, Watkins, Fudge and Nick Lother will all make their Miracles' debut in this contest.

Lother, who was acquired in a trade from the London Lightning last week, is a 5-foot-10 point guard. He played in his hometown for the University of Winnipeg and is now a rookie in the professional ranks.

Moncton is averaging 92.4 points for and 106.3 points against per game. That's last in the league offensively and second last defensively.

The Miracles have had 17 players suit up for at least one game so far in their inaugural season. They've traded or released eight players. They have just six players remaining from their 12-man roster in the regular season opener.

The Miracles have added four players and deleted three since their last game, a 104-95 loss against Halifax on Dec. 4.

'We've changed the look of our team in the past week,' said Evans, who's been the Miracles' head coach and general manager for three games. 'We've added experience and I think gotten stronger with these roster moves.

'When you bring in a proven veteran like Trayvon Lathan he's going to push guys for playing time. I think there's going to be more competition within our team for time on the court with these moves we made and that's what you want.'

Moncton has won two out of four quarters in most games, but then hurt itself with turnovers and costly mistakes during letdowns that allowed opponents to pull away on the scoreboard. It has suffered four losses by five points or less.

'It's a group of great guys,' said Watkins. 'There's talent here. We have some great shooters. The mood around the team is positive. I've seen progress in this team in the week I've been here. It's tough being 0-10, but I know we can turn things around.'

'It's a bunch of guys that are willing to work and they really want to win,' added Fudge. 'They've lost a few close games. I'm confident we can get things turned around. There's a good spirit around the team. I'm anxious to begin my first professional experience.'

Courtesy of http://timestranscipt.canadaeast.com


High-octane Rainmen climbing NBL ranks - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen are on a three-game winning streak and working their way up the National Basketball League of Canada standings.

The Rainmen turned in their best defensive effort of the season on Saturday night at the Metro Centre with a 97-83 win over the second-place Quebec Kebs.

The Rainmen have not only won three straight, theyve won six of eight and their 6-4 record leaves them tied for third overall, 2 12 behind the first-place London Lightning (10-3).

Fifth-year Rainmen forward Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) had a team-high 17 points on Saturday, while Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86, college: Iowa) and Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) had 15 apiece.

The Rainmen visit the Summerside Storm on Thursday and return to Halifax next Sunday to host the Oshawa Power.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Thursday's and Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
London L. - Oshawa P. 93-99
It wasn't very difficult to figure out what London Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson was unhappy about after his team were dumped 99-93 by the Oshawa Power. All one had to do was stand 10 feet outside the closed door. We just can't use the words he used to let his players know just how unhappy he was. Outside the dressing room, Richardson let it be known he didn't like his team's defence or work ethic in front of 2,436 National Basketball League of Canada fans at the John Labatt Centre. It was the middle game of a three-game blitz against the Power. They play again Sunday in Oshawa. London blew away the Power 100-76 on Thursday in Oshawa. Here's the gospel according to Micheal. 'They outworked us,' Richardson fumed. 'This is minor league basketball. A lot of this game is mental. You can't beat a team by 40 and think that they are going to let you beat them by 40 next time. They have pride too. 'When we went out there and beat them by 40 we thought it would be easy. They outworked us. We're going to play them (Sunday) and we're going to beat them (Sunday.) You got to come to work every night. You can't take nights off. Tonight we took off. 'Defensively we took off. They had too many looks. They are a good shooting team. You can't give them that kind of looks. 'We've been shooting foul shots every day. It was horrendous (Saturday). If we had made out foul shots, we would have won. Just that simple. As bad as we played, if we had made our foul shots we would have won.' The statistics don't lie in this game. The Lightning were 18-of-28 in free throws. That's 64 per cent. The Power shot 40 per cent from the field but also shot 40 per cent from three-point range going 10-of-25. The Lightning shot 21 per cent from three-point range. 'You've got to make more shots than that,' said Lightning forward Rod Buford. 'We're professional basketball players. It was a struggle from the start for the Lightning Saturday. The Power played much better than their flat performance Thursday and the Lightning didn't the show the same dedication to hard work. The result were plenty of open jumpers and the Power converted them especially from three-point range The Power built an 11-point lead late in the third quarter before the Lightning went on one of their patented runs to cut the lead to a manageable size. But even though they got it back to being two-points back, the Power would hit a key shot and extend the lead. 'We played much better than we did the other night,' said Power coach Mark Strickland. 'They blew us out in one quarter. We didn't shoot well but we shot well tonight.' The Lightning were without guard DeAnthony Bowden. There were several players who tried to bring the Lightning back especially Shamari Spears and Gabe Freeman but there weren't enough guns firing. Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) led the Power with 25 points while Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) hit for 20. Freeman had 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Lightning. Shawn Daniels added 14 with Buford and Ellis adding 13. Spears and Eddie Smith had 12 each. *Courtesy of www.lfpress.com

Summerside S. - Halifax R. 96-97
The Summerside Storm lost a heartbreaker to the Halifax Rainmen in the final seconds of regulation time, but it was their free-throw shooting that let them down Thursday night. Halifax pulled out a 97-96 victory at EastLink Arena after the Rainmen's Justin Johnson made a layup with five seconds left on the clock. The late bucket came just moments after the Storm's Julian Allen missed two free throws that would have put his team up by three points with 14 seconds to play. But Summerside head coach Joe Salerno couldn't put the blame squarely on Allen when the team shot 15-for-35 from the free-throw line for the game. 'That's not on Julian Allen, Salerno said. If we miss free throws the entire game, you can't win. 'We almost got out of here with a win, shooting 42 per cent from the line.' The loss was the Storm's fourth straight, leaving them at 5-7 (won-lost) in the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada season. Halifax improved to 5-4. Fell behind Summerside fell behind 17-7 at one point in the first quarter. But, energized by four consecutive three-pointers from Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's), the Storm rallied to lead 22-19 going into the second quarter. The Storm would push its lead to as much as 10 points in the second quarter, but the Rainmen chipped away to lead 47-46 at halftime. Halifax's Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had 10 of his 16 points in the first half, while Summerside's Louie McCroskey had 14 of his 18 points through the first 24 minutes. The Storm seemed to solve their recent third-quarter difficulties, taking a 72-70 lead into the fourth frame. In the final minute of the game, Eric Gilchrese made two free throws to bring the Storm within 95-94. Brown pushed the ball back down court, but was called for a charging foul under the hoop, giving possession back to Summerside. With 24 seconds left on the clock, point guard Al Stewart connected on an alley-oop to Cayole that electrified the crowd. Halifax botched the ensuing inbound play, handing the ball back to the Storm. Allen went to the line with 14 seconds left, and his team up 96-95, but missed both shots. Johnson then sped down court and banked a tough shot off the glass, to the shock of the Summerside crowd. 'We played a very tough game against a good team, said Halifax head coach Josep Claros Canals. I think we deserved this win. You win in the last second, but you fight all game.' Game-high 20 points Cayole had a game-high 20 for the Storm. Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) led the Rainmen with 18. Despite his team's poor free-throw shooting, Salerno was encouraged by the Storm's effort. 'We did almost everything that we wanted to do tonight (Thursday), said Salerno. We had less than 20 turnovers, we held them to (under) 100 points, we won the battle on the glass. . . I can't ask for anything more from them. 'These guys have been shooting free throws the same way since they've been 12. All we have to do is bump up our reps.' The Storm has a week off before hosting Halifax again at EastLink Arena on Thursday, Dec. 15. Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com

Oshawa P. - London L. 76-100
The London Lightning are like a refined race car that occasionally runs roughly. You merely find another part to smooth it out. It's one reason the Lightning have been so successful this year. They never seem to run out of parts. Playing without one of their best players, the Lightning hammered the Oshawa Power 100-76 Thursday in a National Basketball League of Canada game in front of about 250 fans. The Lightning ran their record to 10-2, while the Power fell to 5-7. It was a night when it didn't seem to matter who the Lightning ran out there, especially in the second half. They all did a job. You can go down the list - Eddie Smith, Brandon Dean, Gabe Freeman, Shamari Spears, Rodney Buford. They call came up with big plays when they were needed. In a 100-76 game you would think big plays where never an issue. But after a dreadful first half, when neither team could shoot or find any rhythm, it took a startling third quarter for the Lightning to blow it open. 'We started to shoot well in the third quarter,' Lightning coach Michael Ray Richardson said. 'We had good shots in the first half but didn't make them and shot 34% in the first half. 'But what happened was we played great defence. You play great defence it's going to keep you in the game.' That and having the kind of bench the Lightning have. 'That's why you build teams with a great bench,' Richardson said. 'I've got guys on the bench that can start anywhere in this league. When you go to the bench you don't lose anything.' The guy who came up big was Smith. With DeAnthony Bowden out with an injury, Smith carried the load of running the offence. He had help from Brandon Dean, who was playing his first game in a month. Dean got stronger as the game progressed and started to zero in from long range in the second half. But Smith really made things click. 'It was very tiresome,' he said with a laugh. 'I was happy with how it went. We got good shots in the first half but they weren't falling. We aren't going to shoot that way through two halves. We're all professionals out here.' The Lightning went from shooting 34% in the first half to 55% in the second. Whatever else Richardson said at the half worked because his club turned off the Power permanently. The Lightning outscored them 36-14 in the third quarter. 'We just wanted to suffocate them and stop their breathing,' Smith said. 'That's what they specified at halftime. We are a good defensive team and we wanted to display it (Thursday.)' With the Lightning lighting it up from the outside it stretched the Power's defence. 'When the ball is moving and everybody is unselfish, good things are going to happen for any team,' Smith said. Dean's return added more team depth on the court and will also help in the locker room. 'It's great to have him out there,' Smith said. 'We love him out there with his leadership, his IQ, his aggressiveness, just his personality period.' The Lightning had newcomers Tristan Martin and Ron Washington in the lineup for the first time. Washington saw four minutes of action while Martin didn't see the floor. This was the third regular-season meeting between the two teams. The Power won the first game in Oshawa and lost the rematch in London in what was a nasty game, physical game. This game was meek and mild compared to the other two. These teams meet twice more this weekend, once in London Saturday and back in Oshawa Sunday. Courtesy of www.lfpress.com

Halifax R. - Quebec K. 97-83
WITH THE FINAL seconds ticking away Saturday night, Halifax Rainmen power forward Eric Crookshank paused momentarily to size up the situation, then calmly buried a three-pointer from the left wing to put the exclamation point on his team's third straight victory. The fifth-year Rainman, known more for his high-flying dunks than his long-range scoring ability, netted a season-high 17 points to pace Halifax to a tough 97-83 win over the Quebec Kebs in front of 2,546 fans at the Metro Centre. Crookshank also delighted the hometown faithful in more traditional fashion with a handful of emphatic jams, almost all of them courtesy of the deft passing touch of new reserve guard Chris Hagan. Three of the slams came as the Rainmen closed out the third quarter on a crucial 13-4 run that put them in front to stay. 'I was riding the wave, man,' Crookshank, who made one triple in three tries last season, quipped moments after connecting on his first attempt this year. 'I was out here having a good time, the dunks, I was energetic, it was just my night.' Justin Johnson and Joey Haywood added 15 points each and Taliek Brown had 13 for the Rainmen, who won their fifth in a row at home to improve to 6-4 and move into sole possession of third place in the National Basketball League of Canada. Ralphy Holmes topped the second-place Kebs (8-5) with 17, while Royce Parran and former Rainman James (Boo) Jackson dropped 14 apiece. Quebec went into the game having won three straight on the road and six of its last seven overall. Halifax, giving up a considerable size advantage, trailed 22-18 after the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets in the second until Johnson's trey, the first by the Rainmen after nine straight misses from beyond the arc, gave them a 31-30 edge with about 4 minutes to go in the second period. They were ahead 43-39 at the half, despite being outrebounded 34-18, including 12-1 on the offensive glass. In the third, the Kebs rallied twice to tie the score, then traded leads with the Rainmen on three consecutive possessions before Crookshank began Halifax's big quarter-ending run that left the hosts up 72-65. Parran's trey to open the fourth drew the Kebs within four but the Rainmen promptly answered with a 15-3 surge that put the game out of reach. Quebec finished the contest with a 59-39 advantage on the boards. But Halifax, which has been going with a small lineup since cutting burly centre DeAndre Thomas early in the season, was able to minimize the damage. 'We think size is irrelevant if we play harder than the other team,' said Hagan, a five-foot-nine point guard who had eight points and four assists. 'We know we're a little undersized but we're gonna play hard every possession and we feel like we can make up for our height.' Halifax has only three players on its 12-man roster taller than six foot six. Centre Abdullahi Kuso and guard/small forward Eddie Robinson are both 6-9 and Crookshank is 6-8. After slugging it out with Quebec big men Jackson (6-9), Aaron Spears (6-10) and Soumalia Samake (7-1) for much of the night, Crookshank said the team has been employing formations to deal with inevitable matchup problems. 'In practice, we worked on fronting the bigs and having weak-side help so we were kind of double-teaming them and just denying the ball.' Coming off a thrilling last-second victory over the Storm on Thursday night in Summerside, Crookshank said it was important to follow up the club's first win on the road with a solid performance at home. 'Coach (Pep Claros) said in order to win championships, we have to let everybody know we can win on the road and also beat a good team like Quebec,' he said. 'It's gonna be a dogfight when we go down to Quebec (on Dec. 22) but for now we're gonna enjoy this game here.' *Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



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Kansas G Taylor has knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Sunday and could be out up to three weeks.

Taylor hurt the knee early last week but played through the injury in the 13th-ranked Jayhawks' 78-67 victory over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. After the game, coach Bill Self disclosed the torn meniscus and said Taylor also had a sprained MCL in the same knee.

''I spoke with the doctors and it went as well as expected,'' Self said Sunday. ''He will be up and around tomorrow morning and will be back in the shortest time possible. The time for recovery depends on swelling and how he reacts to rehab.''

Taylor is the Jayhawks' leading returning scorer and is averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 assists. He had nine points and a career-high 13 assists against the Buckeyes.

''Certain things that I do, like planting off my right foot and jumping off my right foot, I feel it, but I wasn't really affected by it the last two games,'' Taylor said Saturday. ''I've been playing with this, I'm fine. Surgery's going to make it better. I'll be back 100 percent.''

Self said there were discussions about having surgery last Tuesday, shortly after the injury happened, but Taylor said he would rather play through pain than miss the Ohio State game.

After consulting with the Kansas medical staff, it was decided that Taylor couldn't do any more harm to the knee by playing. It became a matter of tolerance, and Self said he never cared to ask how much pain Taylor was feeling because he didn't want to hear the answer.

''I can get on Tyshawn for turning it over. I can get on him for not making some plays, which I think is conducive to being an extension of the head coach, but I can't get on him for toughness,'' Self said. ''He's been hurt, and he goes out there and gives his body up.

''I think our fans should really appreciate him playing nicked up.''

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Dieng leads No. 5 Louisville over FDU 80-58 - by Eurobasket News
Gorgui Dieng (6'10''-C) had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lift No. 5 Louisville to an 80-58 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday - the Cardinals' 17th straight win at the KFC Yum! Center.

Kyle Kuric (6'4''-G/F-89) added 18 points and Peyton Siva (5'11''-G-90) had 16 for Louisville, which is in the midst of a 10-game homestand that will get a lot tougher when the Cardinals host No. 21 Memphis next Saturday after finishing final exams this coming week.

Louisville (9-0) used a 10-0 run late in the first half to open up a 19-point advantage at the break and was never threatened in the second half.

George Goode (6'8''-F-88), who played three seasons at Louisville before transferring to pursue a graduate degree, had 17 points and 12 rebounds for FDU (1-8). Melquan Bolding added 23 points for the Knights.

In addition to Memphis, the Cardinals' upcoming schedule also features meetings with No. 18 Georgetown on Dec. 28 and top-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 31.

Louisville has already had seven different players sit out games this season with Saturday's absence of reserve guard Russ Smith (neck), but the Cardinals have relied on defense to remain undefeated.

Louisville took a double-digit lead midway through the first half, but there were spurts of inconsistent play. At one point, the Cardinals called a timeout with coach Rick Pitino staring at Siva and shouting, 'You're just standing there!'

Pitino called another timeout 40 seconds later after Goode's putback dunk cut Louisville's lead to 27-18 when no one blocked out their former teammate. Dieng grabbed an offensive rebound after the timeout and scored to spark a 10-0 run that made the margin 19 points with 2:39 left in the first half.

FDU, which has lost 19 of its last 20 on the road and was picked to finish last in the Northeast Conference, never came closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Siva, Elisha Justice, Mike Marra, Stephan Van Treese, Wayne Blackshear and Rakeem Buckles have all missed at least one game this season because of injury. Buckles returned from right knee surgery after missing nearly 10 months in a 90-60 victory over IUPUI on Wednesday, but he did not play against the Knights.

Goode, a role player at Louisville who received a degree in communications before leaving for the Knights, got a loud ovation during pregame and shook Pitino's hand after being introduced. He also scored the game's first points with a dunk, but FDU's lead would be short-lived.

Siva answered with two layups and Louisville never trailed the rest of the way.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Duke downs Huskies 86-80 at Madison Square Garden - by Eurobasket News
It took the Washington Huskies the first half to realize something the Duke Blue Devils were not some invincible, unbeatable collection of robots. No, they were college basketball players just like themselves.

Unfortunately, by the time the Huskies figured out that No. 7 Duke was beatable, they had already done enough to be beaten, 8680, Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

To their credit, they didn't go down easy. Washington fought its way back from a 19-point first half deficit, thanks largely to Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93) 's career-high 23 points. UW cut the lead down to six points with 58 seconds to play on Abdul Gaddy (6'3''-G-92) 's floater in the lane.

However Duke hit 8-of-10 free throws when it needed to and Washington simply ran out of time.

'We dug ourselves a big hole in that first half,' Wroten said. 'When we finally got in our groove, it was too late.'

But head coach Lorenzo Romar like the effort in the second half to make it a game instead of letting it turn into a blowout.

'I was proud that our guys didn't quit,' Romar said. 'They hung in and they battled, scrapped and I think this concludes a very long road trip where are team has really learned some very valuable lessons.'

One of those lessons could be taken from one of the old sports clichs: 'Respect everyone, fear no one.'

Washington came out tight in the first half in front of boisterous crowd of 17,046. They fired up 'uncharacteristic' air balls, threw soft passes and looked frantic and panicked on both ends of the floor.

Why?

'I think we were a little bit intimidated because of the stage we were on and the team we were playing,' said sophomore shooting guard C.J. Wilcox (6'5''-G). 'It got us doing weird stuff.'

Tuesday's game against Marquette didn't provide any comfort. The Huskies were playing the most recognizable team in NCAA basketball, and they knew it.

'We saw the letters across their jersey and we played scared,' Wilcox said.

It couldn't have been a worse half for Washington. The Huskies made just 10-of-31 shots from the field, 2-of-9 attempts from 3-point range and 4-of-9 from the free-throw line. Terrence Ross had just two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

'We kind of froze up,' Ross said.

Wroten despite turning it over five times in the first half, kept them in it scoring nine points. The Huskies trailed 4026 at halftime and it could have been much, much worse. Duke made just 15-of-35 attempts from the field and 2-of-10 from 3-point range. Some of those misses came on point blank shots and wide open 3-point attempts.

Still, a 14-point deficit against Duke is far from ideal. To make matters worse in the second half, 7-foot center Aziz N'Diaye and the Huskies only true inside post presence went down with knee injury following a dunk over Miles Plumlee. N'Diaye suffered a sprained knee and never returned.

'It forced us to go small with our lineup,' Romar said.

But the smaller lineup seemed to ignite the Huskies. With Duke always playing two of the 610 trio of posts Miles and Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly Washington was able to take advantage of their quickness and use dribble penetration to generate offense.

'We were able to drive on whichever guy was the slower guy,' Romar said. 'We tried to take advantage of one of the big guys and drive to the rim.'

The Huskies lineup got even smaller when Darnell Gant fouled out with just under 7 minutes to play. Romar inserted 67 Desmond Simmons (6'7''-F) at the center and surrounded him with Wroten, Gaddy, Ross and Wilcox in a four guard look. Wilcox finished with 22 points, while Ross added 16.

The lineup gave Duke fits. Wroten was a match-up nightmare, scoring eight straight points to cut the lead to 7466 and fouling out Austin Rivers in the process.

'I thought Tony really took advantage of the situation,' Romar said.

Wroten has shown flashes of brilliances along with moments of freshman immaturity, but the second half was his longest sustained excellence this season.

'The type of game I play, I am able to get the basket,' he said. 'I feel like it can be hard to contain me.'

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski admitted they had no answer for Wroten.

'I thought he had a great game,' Mike Krzyzewski said. 'He broke us down and really early in the game. I've watched most of their games, and I thought that was Wroten's best performance and he was terrific. He's a big time talent.'

Unfortunately for the Huskies, Wroten fouled out with just over a minute left in the game. Still the second half performance is something that Romar hopes Wroten will build off of.

'He is at his best like in the second-half when he is just free to go and play,' Romar said. 'Those are the things he can get done and he is just fearless going to the rim.'

But the big game offered Wroten little solace having to walk off the floor on the losing end for the third outing.

'When it comes to winning, I don't care what it takes, I want to win,' Wroten said. 'I would rather win and score zero points any day, especially in a big like this on the big stage.'

Courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com


Cincinnati suspends forward Gates six games after Xavier brawl - by Eurobasket News
Eight suspensions, more apologies. Players from Cincinnati and No. 8 Xavier received the consequences of their on-court brawl that left both programs with a black eye.

A lot of them will be sitting and watching for a while.

Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates (6'9''-F-89) got a six-game suspension on Sunday for throwing punches, and seven other players were disciplined for their roles in a brawl that ended the annual crosstown rivalry game.

Four Bearcats and four Musketeers were suspended in all. Three Cincinnati players got six-game suspensions, the longest of those handed out.

Gates punched Xavier's Kenny Frease in the face, causing a nasty gash below his left eye, and hit at least one other Musketeer during the fracas on Saturday, which prompted the referees to call Xavier's 76-53 win with 9.4 seconds left.

The Bearcats also gave Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis six-game suspensions. Ge'Lawn Guyn was suspended for one game. The university planned to make them available for comment on Monday.

Xavier suspended point guard Tu Holloway for one game, guard Mark Lyons for two, and Dez Wells and Landen Amos for four games each.

Frease was the most badly injured, getting punched and kicked. He had blood streaming from the cut beneath his left eye and was woozy after the game. X-rays were normal.

The brawl damaged both schools' reputations and prompted repeated apologies.

It started in the closing seconds when Holloway talked to the Cincinnati bench. Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick had said during the week leading up to the game that Holloway wasn't good enough to start for the Bearcats.

Holloway wanted the last word, and said things to coaches and players on the Cincinnati bench with the clock stopped at 9.4 seconds. Guyn was standing by Holloway and pushed him in the face. Wells responded by pushing down Guyn. Gates was holding the ball and threw it at Holloway's head, prompting both benches to clear.

At a news conference on Sunday, Holloway took responsibility for instigating it.

'Coach (Chris) Mack always reminds me, 'You're a leader of this team. The young guys are going to do what you're going to do,'' Holloway said. 'If I would've never talked to (UC's) bench or if I wouldn't have said anything to their players, maybe Dez Wells wouldn't be suspended four games. The result of what I did, I kind of brought him down, I brought Mark Lyons down, I brought the rest of my teammates down because of what I did out there on the floor.'

Players went at each other in the scrum. As the fight wound down, Gates stood by the Cincinnati bench with fists raised in a boxing pose.

The suspensions will affect only one Big East game, the Bearcats' league opener at Pittsburgh on Jan. 1.

'We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner and send the message that we will not tolerate this from those who have the privilege of representing the University of Cincinnati,' athletics director Whit Babcock said in a statement.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said after the game that he would decide whether anybody should be kicked off the team for their actions. He also said he took the players' jerseys away to make the point that their conduct was unacceptable.

Babcock, who was hired from Missouri in October, apologized for the fracas.

'We hold our student-athletes to a very high standard and take very seriously the role that our entire department plays in reflecting the overall image of this great university,' Babcock said. 'We will continue to work diligently to represent the Bearcat family and the Cincinnati community in a first-class manner. There will be zero tolerance for a repeat of this behavior.'

Gates is Cincinnati's top frontcourt player. He'll miss games against Wright State, Radford, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Chicago State, Oklahoma and the Bearcats' Big East opener at Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati consulted with the Big East about the penalties.

'The very unfortunate events that occurred in the final seconds of Saturday's Cincinnati-Xavier basketball game have no place within intercollegiate athletics,' Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said. 'The University of Cincinnati has responded with swift, expeditious and appropriate action, which the Big East Conference fully supports.'

Xavier (8-0) handed out penalties that will extend through the Musketeers' appearance at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii over Christmas. They are off next week for finals, and resume on Sunday at home against Oral Roberts. The following three games are in Hawaii.

Holloway and Xavier athletics director Mike Bobinski said on Sunday that they regretted the point guard's use of the term 'gangsters' to describe the Musketeers' toughness in a postgame news conference.

The rivalry has taken on a hard edge over the years, with trash talking, occasional shoving and technical fouls the norm in games. The first all-out brawl raised questions about whether it should continue.

'Should we not play the game anymore?' Bobinski said. 'I think that's a bad idea. I think that's sort of giving in to the events of yesterday. But I only believe that if we can change the dynamic of the game.

'I've spoken with Whit Babcock, and we've agreed to work together to make this a positive event and a celebration of the Division I basketball that's played in the city of Cincinnati and not the Hatfield and McCoy event that it's turned into over the years.'

Mack choked up on Sunday when he talked about the fight.

'The ending embarrasses me,' Mack said. 'It's really difficult to explain to my 5- and 6-year old girls why a fight ensued at the end of the game. Got a lot of emails last might from a lot of other parents having to explain to their 8- or 9-year-old at the game what ensued.

'I'd like to apologize for not doing a better job. I should've called a timeout. I should've taken my starters off the floor. I made a mistake. I believed at the time in what I was doing. I felt like calling a timeout for our seniors to walk off the court in celebration would only antagonize the situation. I was hoping time would expire. I made the wrong decision.'
Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Michigan State upsets No. 23 Gonzaga 74-67 - by Eurobasket News
Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote was on hand to watch the Spartans handle a hostile crowd and send Gonzaga to only its seventh loss at its campus gym since 2004.

Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) scored a career-high 34 points to lead Michigan State over the No. 23 Bulldogs on Saturday night.

'I love Spokane', said the versatile Green, who scored from all over the floor against a variety of defenders. 'We've had tremendous success here. I guess Jud (Heathcote) brings the luck.'

Heathcote was one of 6,000 fans in attendance. He won a national title with the Magic Johnson-led Spartans in 1979. Heathcote retired to Spokane and is a Gonzaga mens basketball season-ticket holder.

Adreian Payne had nine points for Michigan State (8-2), and Derrick Nix and Keith Appling added eight apiece.

David Stockton (5'11''-G) had a career best with 19 points to lead Gonzaga (5-2). Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-88) had 16 points and freshman Gary Bell Jr. added 13. This was Gonzagas second consecutive loss to a Big Ten opponent. The Bulldogs lost to No. 24 Illinois 82-75 last Saturday.

The victory is Michigan States eighth in a row after back-to-back losses to No. 4 North Carolina and No. 7 Duke.

Draymond Green was the man tonight. I cant speak enough about him, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. This summer, he spent an incredible amount of time on his shot.

Green was 11 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 5 from behind the arc, and made 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.

I played pretty good when I played here in the tournament but not like tonight, Green said.

Michigan State last played in Spokane during the 2010 NCAA tournament, when they defeated New Mexico State 85-83 at the Spokane Arena.

The Spartans held Gonzaga to 43 percent shooting and forced the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers.

Gonzaga trailed 60-48 with 6:07 left before Stockton scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, during an 11-3 run.

Green answered Stocktons 3-pointer with one of his own to give the Spartans a 65-56 lead. But Gonzaga responded with Pangos make from behind the arc.

Appling made two free throws for Michigan State to make it 67-59 but Nix his two free-throws with 1:39 on the clock. The Spartans missed 7 of 16 free throw attempts in the final 3 minutes but only allowed one Gonzaga field goal in the final 2:50 to secure the win.

Gonzaga struggled to score in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Harris and Sacre combined to score seven of Gonzagas 11 points during the stretch.

Green scored seven of his teams first nine points of the second half to give the Spartans a 44-38 lead. Green continued his dominance, hitting his third 3-pointer of the game, giving Michigan a 10-point lead with 13:45 remaining.

Draymond Green was brilliant tonight, Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. If you double him, he can pass out of it. Hes just a really, really special college player. He does everything well.

Bell made two 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes of the game to help Gonzaga to a 12-7 lead. The Spartans answered the 7-0 Gonzaga run with a 13-5 run of their own to make it 20-17. Green scored five points during an 11-1 stretch to give the Spartans their largest lead of the half at 31-24. Gonzaga made 7 of 8 free throws to cut its deficit to 35-34 at the break. Green led all scorers with 14 points in the first half but had two fouls and did not play the final 2:21.

Bell got his first career start and had 11 first-half points for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs made four of six 3-pointers in the first half.

Both teams struggled with ball control in the opening 20 minutes, as Gonzaga turned it over 13 times and Michigan State had nine turnovers.

Heathcote received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd prior to the game and Few and Izzo presented him with an autographed basketball.

That (ovation) was awesome, Izzo said. That brought tears to my eyes. Hes been such a good guy and hes so important to me.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Ryne SMITH
  Purdue
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Smith, Purdue26.0 
 2. Wattad, Chattano.24.0 
 3. Smith, NC-Wilmi.23.0 
 4. Stoglin, Maryland22.0 
 5. Oladipo, Indiana21.0 
 6. McDougald, Jackso.21.0 
 7. Harris, Wake F.20.0 
 8. Howell, N.Caroli.19.5 
 9. Swansey, Tenn Tech19.0 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 2. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 3. Smith, Clemson14.0 
 4. Shannon, Florida12.0 
 5. Howell, N.Caroli.11.5 
 6. Plumlee, Duke11.0 
 7. Zlovaric, Chattano.10.0 
 8. Desrosiers, Wake F.10.0 
 9. Henson, N.Carolina9.5 
 10. Drummond, Loyol.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.10.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson8.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.7.5 
 4. Bell, Chattanooga7.0 
 5. Loucks, Florida St.6.0 
 6. Udofia, Georgia6.0 
 7. Johnson, Belmont6.0 
 8. Finney-Smith, Virg.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Purdue5.0 
 10. Scott, Miami, FL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (210-F-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zeller, Indiana6.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson5.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.4.5 
 4. Jones III, Indiana4.0 
 5. Kennings, Florida3.0 
 6. Moore, Florida A&M3.0 
 7. Raines, Virginia T.3.0 
 8. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.3.0 
 9. Swoope, Miami, FL3.0 
 10. Faust, Maryland3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carson DESROSIERS
  Wake F.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 2. Henson, N.Carolina5.5 
 3. Finney-Smith, Virg.4.0 
 4. Mosley, Maryland3.0 
 5. Inameti, Tenn Tech3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


Top 25 - Men
MVC Standings
 1. N.Iowa 0-0 (9-1) 
 2. Indiana St. 0-0 (8-2) 
 3. Creighton (19) 0-0 (7-1) 
 4. Wichita St. 0-0 (7-2) 
 5. Drake 0-0 (6-3) 
 6. Illinois St. 0-0 (6-3) 
 7. Missouri St. 0-0 (5-3) 
 8. Bradley 0-0 (4-4) 
 9. Evansville 0-0 (4-4) 
 10. S.Illinois 0-0 (1-5) 


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D' Tigers to Play Olympics Playoffs in Venezuela - by Eurobasket News
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has slated the men's Olympic qualifying tournament for Venezuela.

The decision was taken at their second and final meeting of 2011 in Madrid, Spain. The Nigerian senior team grabbed the playoffs spot earlier this year at the Nations Cup in Madagascar. Joining Nigeria and the hosts in the tournament are Angola, Dominican Republic, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Greece, Jordan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Russia. The 2012 edition will take place 2-8 July. The 12 teams will be divided into four groups of three teams. The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarter-finals. The two winning semi-finalists will qualify for London alongside the winner of the third-place playoff. Nigeria currently stands 21st in the FIBA rankings and missed the qualification spot available at the African Championships in August. She is, however, aiming to use the playoff to consolidate for a first Olympic Games men's showing.

Derrick Obasohan Nigeria's leading point scorer at the African Championships believes the country has a chance. 'I definitely will be playing for Nigeria in the Olympic qualifying. Although I was born in the US, my parents, grandparents and brothers were born in Nigeria.

'To me, it means a lot to represent Nigeria. I have been talking to a lot of players who want to play for the national team. 'All of them show great passion to represent Nigeria. For many of us, it means a lot to play for Nigeria.'

Nigeria has a strong squad with players like Mike Efevberha, Lokomotiv Kuban guard Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa) and Spartak Primorye's Deji Akindele.
Courtesy of: Leadership (Abuja)



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Defeat leaves Palestine with must-win against Kuwait - by Eurobasket News
Saudi Arabias Mohammed Alsager netted two free throws with just under six minutes remaining to tie the match and inspire his side to beat Palestine 82-79 in mens basketball at Al Gharafa Indoor Hall yesterday.
The Palestinians led by 10 points at halftime but Alsagers intervention made it 68-68 with 5min 41sec left in the fourth quarter and the Saudis took the lead for good shortly afterwards.
Defeat leaves Palestine with a crucial match against Kuwait on Wednesday, with the winner guaranteed a berth in the second round and the loser out of the tournament.
That game is more important than this game, said Palestines Mahdi Ahmed (F).
Earlier, Qatar beat Kuwait 70-63, and the representatives of the 2011 Arab Games host country were not satisfied with their effort.
I am happy we won but we are not playing our best at the moment. We are not clicking on all cylinders and we have to get better for the next round. We have time to get better. We have our next game to get better, said Saad Abdulrahman.
Ganadi Shrief and Assem Marei (206-C-92) each had 15 points in Egypts 92-59 triumph over Iraq.
Thank God it was the second game in this group and we needed to win to qualify for the next phase, said Wael Badr of Egypt. It was a difficult game and we made great efforts, especially when it came to the defence. We thank God for this win and we hope to win the next games.
Algeria dumped Sudan 88-37 in the late game.
Egypt and Algeria are tied for first place in group A on four points, while Iraq and Sudan have two points apiece.
Jordan and Tunisia are tied on top of the group B standings, with two points each, while Lebanon is third with one point, and Morocco has none.
In group C, Qatar sits in first place in with four points, one more than Kuwait and Saudia Arabia. Palestine is fourth with two points.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-times.com


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Doha invites to Arab Games 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Doha invites to Arab Games 2011 as the teams already tasted the victories and the losses in the event. Egypt and Algeria are tied for first place in group A on four points, while Iraq and Sudan have two points apiece. Jordan and Tunisia are tied on top of the group B standings, with two points each, while Lebanon is third with one point, and Morocco has none. In Group C, Qatar sits in first place in with four points, one more than Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Palestine is fourth with two points.
The home team won over Palestine 76:58.Targuy al-Dam top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Erfan Ali Saeed (198-F-83) with 12 and Yaseen Ismail with 10 also excelled for Qatar. For Palestine, Jamal Abu Shamla and Nicola Fadayel scored 14 points each.
In the only game on Monday, December 12th Jordan lost to Tunisia 69:77. Jordan took 15-8 after the first period and even won the second frame 22-20. It was not however enough to win the game as Tunisia needed 35-9 in the third quarter to seal the victory.
Lebanon will face Morocco in the only game on Tuesday 13th December. There will be four games however played on Wednesday, December 15th.

Wednesday 7 Dec 2011
Qatar -Palestine 78:61

Thursday 8 Dec 2011
Saudi Arabia - Kuwait 59:68

Saturday 10 Dec 2011
Egypt -Sudan 107:56
Algeria - Iraq 85:68
Jordan -Morocco 67:58
Lebanon - Tunisia 73:79

Sunday 11 Dec 2011
Qatar -Kuwait 70:63
Palestine - Saudi Arabia 79:82
Iraq - Egypt 59:92
Algeria -Sudan 88:37

Monday 12 Dec 2011
Jordan - Tunisia 69:77




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  PBL   


Muscle add point man McSwine - by Eurobasket Center
Chicago Muscle bolstered their point guard position with savvy international Damien McSwine (193-G-78). This is a big signing for the new Chicago ball club. McSwine played most recently at Nationwide Allstars (WCBL). He helped them to win regular season. McSwine is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Dominican Rep., France, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Poland, Turkey and Venezuela. McSwine graduated from Loyola, IL in 2000.

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  POLAND   


Tiller's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard J.T. Tiller (191-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Siarka Jezioro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Polpharma (#11, 4-10) 90-87. Siarka Jezioro maintains the 7th position in league. Siarka Jezioro is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-6 record. Tiller turned to be Siarka Jezioro's top player in his first season with the team. J.T. Tiller averages this season 12.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) of Kotwica. He is American forward in his first season at Kotwica. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Kotwica lost that game 70-80 to the lower-ranked AZS Koszalin (#9, 5-8). Despite lost game Kotwica moved up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Harris is a newcomer at Kotwica and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell) of Slask Wroclaw (#6). Bogavac scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Slask Wroclaw, leading his team to a 78-74 win against Zastal ZG (7-6). Slask Wroclaw needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Bogavac has a very solid season. In 13 games in Poland he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) of PBG Basket - 24 points and 4 rebounds
5. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Siarka Jezioro - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Slask Wroclaw - 11 points and 8 rebounds
7. David Weaver (209-C-87) of Energa Czarni - 17 points and 6 rebounds
8. Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84) of Trefl Sopot - 16 points and 4 rebounds
9. Adam Waczynski (199-F-89) of Trefl Sopot - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86) of AZS Koszalin - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Marcin Stoklosa gets MVP of the Week award for 2Liga - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Marcin Stoklosa (188-G-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Open Florentyna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 34-year old guard got a double-double of 12 points and fifteen assists, while his team outclassed GKK Gorzow (#12, 3-9) with 46-point margin 111-65. It allowed Open Florentyna to consolidate first place in the 2Liga. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Open Florentyna still have not lost a single game, getting all 11 victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Stoklosa as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Stoklosa has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 10.0apg. Stoklosa is in league's top in and averages solid 1.8bpg,4.5spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-F-85) of GTK Gliwice. Malona impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as GTK Gliwice lost that game 62-77 to slightly higher-ranked AZS AGH Alstom (6-6). This loss caused GTK Gliwice to drop to 9th position in Group B. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Malona is a newcomer at GTK Gliwice and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Kacper Kromer (204-F-87) of Ksiezak Lowicz (#3). Kromer showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ksiezak Lowicz, leading his team to a 101-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Zyrardowianka (#11, 4-7). Ksiezak Lowicz needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group A. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Kromer has a very solid season. In 11 games in Poland he scored 17.9ppg. He also has 7.2rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcin Marczyk (187-G-83) of HK Zory - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Lukasz Wojcik (189-G-84) of Alba Chorzow - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Damian Janiak (191-G-89) of Ksiezak Lowicz - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Slawomir Klocek (191-G-84) of MCKiS Jaworz. - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Pawel Hybiak (173-PG-89) of AZS PP Poznan - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Michal Szewczyk (184-G-85) of AZS AGH Alstom - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Wojciech Fras (203-F-91) of Trefl II Sopot - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Pisarczyk number one in 1Liga for round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Sokol Lancut, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat P.Cukier SIDEn (9-3) 79-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sokol Lancut to take over top position in the 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sokol Lancut has a very solid 9-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Pisarczyk had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Sokol Lancut, through which he has constantly improved. Wojciech Pisarczyk averages this season 10.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-F-80, agency: Promotex) of Start Lublin. Luszczewski had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Start Lublin lost that game 83-91 to the higher-ranked MKS DG (#4, 9-4). Start Lublin is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Luszczewski is well-known at Start Lublin and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Piotr Zielinski (198-C-83) of MKS DG (#4). Zielinski scored 13 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of MKS DG, leading his team to a 91-83 win against the lower-ranked Start Lublin (#12, 4-8). MKS DG needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Zielinski has a very solid season. In 13 games in Poland he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artur Mikolajko (197-F-79) of Polonia - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78) of P.Cukier SIDEn - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) of AZS Szczecin - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michal Musijowski (180-G-89) of Polonia - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Dawid Witos (190-G-83) of Sportino - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Aleks Perka (201-F-87) of AZS Kutno - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Marcin Malczyk (193-G-82) of Start Gdynia - 7 points and 6 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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Delano Thomas gets MVP of the Week award for LPB - by Eurobasket News
American Delano Thomas (203-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Academica and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Terceira Basket (#9, 2-6) with 22-point margin 91-69. Academica is placed at 7th position in Portuguese LPB. Academica is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Academica, through which he has constantly improved. Shawnee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Academica's star - 27-year old American center Dillion Sneed (203-C-84). Sneed impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Thomas he helped Academica with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Terceira Basket (#9, 2-6) 91-69. This victory allowed Academica to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Sneed is a newcomer at Academica and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) of Barcelos (#8). Oliveira showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Oliveira's great performance Barcelos lost 56-68 to slightly higher-ranked Lusitania (#6, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Barcelos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Oliveira could try to bring Barcelos' a little bit higher in the standings. Oliveira has a very solid season. In 9 games in Portugal he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Austen Powers (203-F-87) of Ovarense - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Sampaense - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) of Sampaense - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. George Ehiagwina (206-F-89) of Ginasio - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) of Benfica - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Tony Murphy (193-G-86) of Terceira Basket - 21 points and 3 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 6-1 
 2. Galitos-Tley 6-1 
 3. Illiabum 5-2 
 4. Oliveirense 4-3 
 5. Sangalhos 4-3 
 6. Guifoes 3-4 
 7. Fisica 3-4 
 8. Angra 3-4 
 9. Electrico FC 3-4 
 10. Gaeirense 2-5 
 11. Maia Basket 2-5 
 12. Povoa 1-6 


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  QATAR   


Qatar teams start with wins in basketball - by Eurobasket News
Qatars men had an easy outing against Palestine Arab Games Doha 2011, winning 76-58.
Warda displayed amazing touch and anticipation at the Gharafa Stadium as she outpaced the Kuwaitis to literally score at will. Her all-round display she had a three-pointer and nine rebounds helped Qatar cut a three-point deficit midway through the final quarter and eventually overtake their rivals.
She had 14 field goals from 33 attempts for a conversion rate of 42.4% and was ably supported by Hayat Musa with seven points.For the Kuwaitis, Mashael al-Marzouk was the top-scorer with 19, followed by Leila Behbehani with 16 and Fatemah al-Hamad with eight.
A few hours later, the mens team also sounded a warning to their rivals, with Targuy al-Dams 19 points proving crucial. Erfan Ali with 12 and Yaseen Ismail with 10 also excelled for Qatar.
For Palestine, Jamal Abu Shamla and Nicola Fadayel scored 14 points each.
Courtesy of: http://www.gulf-times.com


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  ROMANIA   


Div.A Round 13: Timisoara beats CSU Sibiu in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Timisoara. First ranked Timisoara faced their biggest opponent CSU Sibiu. Host Timisoara (11-1) defeated guests from Sibiu (10-3) 101-97. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CSU Sibiu. CSU Sibiu trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 97-101 at the end of the game. They outrebounded CSU Sibiu 40-24 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by CSU Sibiu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 29 points and 6 assists. American guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) produced 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Timisoara have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-1 record. CSU Sibiu at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Gaz Metan. Timisoara are looking forward to face Ploiesti (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CSU Sibiu will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-47 loss to fourteenth ranked Giurgiu (3-9) in Giurgiu. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Raymond Kraemer (193-87, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Catalin Vlaicu contributed with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds for Politehnica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Giurgiu moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Otopeni. Politehnica lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Giurgiu will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Politehnica will play at home against Pitesti (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Pitesti between Rovinari and Pitesti. Ninth ranked Rovinari (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Pitesti (5-8). Rovinari managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 in the fight for the ninth place. Louis Darby stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Darko Vujacic responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rovinari. They maintain ninth place with 7-6 record. Loser Pitesti keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Rovinari will meet higher ranked Targu Mures (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pitesti will play against Politehnica (#16) in Iasi and hope to secure a win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Bucuresti: CSM Bucuresti (#8) and CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#11). CSM Bucuresti (8-5) won against visiting CS Dinamo Bucuresti (4-8) 84-70. Garry Gallimore nailed 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The victory was the third consecutive win for CSM Bucuresti. They maintain eighth place with 8-5 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. CSM Bucuresti's next round opponent will be higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against U-Mobitelco (#4) in Cluj.

Other games of round 13 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gaz Metan crushed Otopeni in Medias 88-69. Oradea smashed Perla Harghitei at home 106-78. Craiova lost to U.Mobitel.CN on the opponent's court 63-76. Ploiesti unfortunately lost to Targu Mures in a home game 73-77.



Otopeni - Gaz Metan 69-88

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Otopeni (3-9) was crushed at home by third ranked Gaz Metan (10-3) 88-69. Otopeni was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 54-31 second half run of Gaz Metan. They outrebounded Otopeni 43-32 including 35 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Gaz Metan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington) accounted for 23 points and 5 assists. Five Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. Center Bogdan Tibirna (210-91) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Otopeni in the defeat. Gaz Metan moved-up to second place, which they share with CSU Sibiu. Otopeni at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Gaz Metan's next round opponent will be Giurgiu (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. Otopeni will play against Perla Harghitei in Miercurea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otopeni: B.Tibirna 19+9reb, C.Scott 15+5reb+3ast, A.Santana 13+7reb+2ast, D.Popescu 9+5reb+8ast, O.Boian 6+4reb, R.Popa 5+1reb+1ast
Gaz Metan: I.Ivanovic 27+12reb+2ast, J.Howell 23+4reb+5ast, T.Nicoara 11+5reb+1ast, T.Jucan 11+7reb+2ast, I.Dragusin 10+10reb+1ast, C.Moore 6+1reb+9ast
gschID: 136469


Oradea - Perla Harghitei 106-78

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Oradea (8-4) smashed at home 15th ranked Perla Harghitei (1-11) 106-78. The game without a history. Oradea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Perla Harghitei's 34. They outrebounded Perla Harghitei 43-24 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Oradea players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Perla Harghitei's players. Bosnian center Sasha Topchov (206-80) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. Oradea's coach Christian Achim felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Mexican point guard Enrico Tucker (183, college: San Diego, agency: TSS Management) came up with 27 points and American power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Perla Harghitei in the defeat. Oradea moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ploiesti. Perla Harghitei lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Oradea's next round opponent will be Craiova (#12) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Perla Harghitei will play against Otopeni and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perla Harghitei: E.Tucker 27+2reb+2ast, E.Dies 19+6reb, C.Jakab 8+7reb+1ast, C.Long 7+1reb+6ast, A.Rosu 7+1reb, A.Filovici 3+2reb
Oradea: S.Topchov 23+8reb+2ast, M.Markovic 18+5reb+3ast, R.Pasca 14+1reb, L.Lazar 13+6reb+3ast, M.Pesic 10+4reb+10ast, G.Navickas 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136470


U.Mobitel.CN - Craiova 76-63

Very expected game in Cluj where 12th ranked Craiova (4-9) was defeated by fourth ranked U-Mobitelco (9-3) 76-63. The game was mostly controlled by U-Mobitelco. Craiova was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Craiova's 36. U-Mobitelco forced 20 Craiova turnovers. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Craiova in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for U-Mobitelco. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 9-3 record. Craiova lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with nine games lost. U-Mobitelco's next round opponent will be CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Craiova will play against Oradea.
Top scorers:
Craiova: S.Ross 22+7reb, B.Tomic 14+9reb+2ast, L.Seals 11+8reb+8ast, C.Petrisor 9+2reb+2ast, V.Vlaskovic 5+4reb+3ast, H.Codin 2+2reb+1ast
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 25+11reb+1ast, K.Dykes 22+6reb+3ast, D.Lawrence 17+5reb+5ast, M.Paul 8+3reb+5ast, V.Mijovic 4+7reb+4ast, M.Silvasan 0
gschID: 136471


CSM Bucuresti - Dinamo B. 84-70

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Bucuresti: CSM Bucuresti (#8) and CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#11). CSM Bucuresti (8-5) won against visiting CS Dinamo Bucuresti (4-8) 84-70. CS Dinamo Bucuresti was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) nailed 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Antonio Haymon (198-88, college: Lee) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for CS Dinamo Bucuresti in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for CSM Bucuresti. They maintain eighth place with 8-5 record. CS Dinamo Bucuresti lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. CSM Bucuresti's next round opponent will be higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against U-Mobitelco (#4) in Cluj.
Top scorers:
Dinamo B.: A.Durham 19+9reb+1ast, A.Haymon 19+8reb+1ast, J.Brown 14+7reb+4ast, J.McCulloch 9+2reb, E.Watson 3+1reb, B.Sandu 2+1reb+1ast
CSM Bucuresti: G.Gallimore 30+7reb+2ast, G.Martinic 16+1reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 10+12reb, M.Ljubojevic 9+4reb, C.Fometescu 7+6ast, V.Carutasu 6+10reb+5ast
gschID: 136472


Timisoara - CSU Sibiu 101-97

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Timisoara. First ranked Timisoara faced their biggest opponent CSU Sibiu. Host Timisoara (11-1) defeated guests from Sibiu (10-3) 101-97. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CSU Sibiu. CSU Sibiu trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 97-101 at the end of the game. They outrebounded CSU Sibiu 40-24 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by CSU Sibiu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 29 points and 6 assists. American guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) produced 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 18 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Timisoara have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-1 record. CSU Sibiu at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Gaz Metan. Timisoara are looking forward to face Ploiesti (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CSU Sibiu will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: M.Kearse 23+5reb+6ast, K.Riley 22+4reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 18+6reb, J.Wisseh 18+2reb+9ast, D.Austin 8+2reb, C.Craciun 8+5reb+1ast
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 29+2reb+6ast, D.Archie 28+10reb+2ast, B.Popescu 19+13reb+1ast, B.Cuic 12+11reb+6ast, N.Jovanovic 9, D.Paltinisanu 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136473


Ploiesti - Targu Mures 73-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Targu Mures (9-4) beat on the road 5th ranked Ploiesti (8-4) 77-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ploiesti won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Targu Mures won last quarter 20-17. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Bosnian center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for Ploiesti in the defeat. Targu Mures moved-up to fifth place. Ploiesti at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Targu Mures' next round opponent will be Rovinari (#9) at home. Ploiesti will play against the league's leader Timisoara.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: A.Vlahovic 17+2reb+5ast, R.Dzambic 16+2reb+5ast, D.Albijanic 15+9reb+1ast, A.Capusan 9+3reb+1ast, L.Szijarto 8+1reb+4ast, A.Kazarnovski 6+7reb
Targu Mures: J.Cooley 15+2reb+4ast, J.Forte 14+7reb+1ast, F.Lapuste 12+4reb, V.Stanescu 11+4reb+3ast, C.Watson 11+6reb+4ast, L.Dumitru 7+6reb
gschID: 136474


Pitesti - Rovinari 75-78

A very close game took place in Pitesti between Rovinari and Pitesti. Ninth ranked Rovinari (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Pitesti (5-8). Rovinari managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 in the fight for the ninth place. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 3 points. Rovinari made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Robert Giles (194-87, college: Ball St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (199-79) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Octavian Calota (186-84) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rovinari. They maintain ninth place with 7-6 record. Loser Pitesti keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Rovinari will meet higher ranked Targu Mures (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pitesti will play against Politehnica (#16) in Iasi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: D.Vujacic 22+7reb+2ast, D.Kinloch 15+6reb, O.Calota 13+4reb+5ast, S.Popovic 10+6reb+3ast, I.Stefanovic 7+8reb+1ast, U.Velickovic 6+4reb+2ast
Rovinari: L.Darby 26+6reb, R.Giles 18+6reb, D.Steffel 12+8reb+1ast, B.Fields 10+5reb+2ast, V.Mocanu 6+4reb, B.Kabengele-Kalala 4+1reb
gschID: 136467


Giurgiu - Politehnica 92-47

Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-47 loss to fourteenth ranked Giurgiu (3-9) in Giurgiu. The game without a history. Giurgiu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 22. They outrebounded Politehnica 52-28 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Giurgiu players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 1 passes made by Politehnica's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Raymond Kraemer (193-87, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Center Catalin Vlaicu (203-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Giurgiu players scored in double figures. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ionut Hurjui (188) added 11 points in the effort for Politehnica. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Giurgiu moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Otopeni. Politehnica lost their thirteenth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Giurgiu will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Politehnica will play at home against Pitesti (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Politehnica: I.Hurjui 11+4reb, M.Nicolae 10+8reb, V.Popovici 6+7reb, M.Pintilie 6+1reb, D.Anghel 6+2reb, V.Cobzaru 5+2reb+1ast
Giurgiu: R.Kraemer 29+10reb+2ast, C.Vlaicu 15+14reb+1ast, Z.Milovic 14+5reb+3ast, D.Bivolaru 14+2reb+1ast, B.Stojakovic 6+2reb+5ast, C.Stanescu 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 136468




Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Timisoara 11-1 
 2. Gaz Metan 10-3 
 3. CSU Sibiu 10-3 
 4. U.Mobitel.CN 9-3 
 5. Targu Mures 9-4 
 6. Oradea 8-4 
 7. Ploiesti 8-4 
 8. CSM Bucuresti 8-5 
 9. Rovinari 7-6 
 10. Pitesti 5-8 
 11. Dinamo B. 4-8 
 12. Craiova 4-9 
 13. Otopeni 3-9 
 14. Giurgiu 3-9 
 15. Perla Harghitei 1-11 
 16. Politehnica 0-13 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu24.4 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.22.9 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.22.8 
 4. Brown, Dinamo B.21.2 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.4 
 6. Ross, Craiova20.2 
 7. Tomic, Craiova19.5 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.3 
 9. Forte, Targu Mures18.5 
 10. Kearse, CSU Sibiu18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.14.2 
 2. Carutasu, CSM B.9.2 
 3. Vlaicu, Giurgiu8.7 
 4. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.7 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.8.7 
 6. Kinloch, Pitesti8.5 
 7. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.5 
 8. Ross, Craiova8.3 
 9. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.3 
 10. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.7 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Brown, Dinamo B.5.1 
 6. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.1 
 7. Cuic, Timisoara4.7 
 8. Jovanovic, Timisoa.4.4 
 9. Martinic, CSM B.4.4 
 10. Dzambic, Ploiesti4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.5 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.3.0 
 3. Maric, Oradea2.0 
 4. Riley, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti1.9 
 6. Darby, Rovinari1.9 
 7. Howell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 9. Tucker, Perla H.1.8 
 10. Archie, Timisoara1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.2.4 
 2. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 3. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 4. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 5. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.6 
 6. Durham, Dinamo B.1.3 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 8. Kinloch, Pitesti1.1 
 9. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 10. McCulloch, Dinamo1.0 


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Beverley's 26 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old point guard Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak SP and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Spartak SP in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Enisey (#8, 1-3) 83-79. Spartak SP is placed at 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Spartak SP will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Beverley had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Spartak SP's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Beverley is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.6rpg), assists (3rd best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Aaron Miles (186-G-83) of Krasnie Krilya. He is American guard in his first season at Krasnie Krilya. In the last game Miles recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Krasnie Krilya to edge the lower-ranked N.Novgorod (#10, 1-5) by 5 points 90-85. This victory allowed Krasnie Krilya to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Miles is a newcomer at Krasnie Krilya and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph (#9). Landry showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Triumph, leading his team to a 89-83overtime win against the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#5, 3-3). Triumph can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Landry he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Landry has individually a great season in Russia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Triumph - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) of N.Novgorod - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80) of N.Novgorod - 28 points and 5 rebounds
7. Andrei Trushkin (206-C/F-81) of Enisey - 13 points and 3 rebounds
8. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79) of Enisey - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Sergey Monya (203-F-83) of Khimky - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Ali Traore (207-C-85) of Lokomotiv - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Welcome to Russia! - by Torey Thomas
I now understand why they call Russia Mother Russia because it is humongous!! I am located in Vladivostok, Russia playing for Spartak-Primorie this season and I am a 9-hour Flight from Moscow. Vladivostok is the closest European city to Asia I am an hour and 30minutes flight to Tokyo, Japan. I am in a very unique place over here in Russia on one hand I'm very far from the capital city of Moscow but I am very close to China and Japan but I get to experience two separate cultures.
I get to try the traditional Russian foods of meat potatoes, and cabbage and I also get to try the traditional Japanese foods of Sushi and also Chinese food. It is starting to get extremely cold over here I'm out here shopping for Russian Hats with the real fur!
Spartak Primorie won the Super league 2nd Division of Russia last season and was promoted to the PBL Beko League this season in the Top division of Russia. Vladivostok fans are welcoming the team with open arms and it has been a nice adjustment into the league. I just wanted to give you all a short introduction into my blogging world and I want you to be on the lookout for more blog posts coming soon also check out my website www.gotorey.com for videos and other great things!


Spartak St.Petersburg rejects Maccabi's Halperin Approach - by Vladimir Lobanov
Spartak St.Petersburg rejected an official approach from European powerhouse Maccabi Tel-Aviv for Israeli guard - Yotam Halperin (196-G-84)
Halperin,who played for Maccabi Tel-Aviv Between 2001-2008, is having a very good season so far at Spartak avreging 15ppg,5.8apg in the VTB League,12.5ppg,4.5apg in the Eurocup and 13.6ppg,6.0apg in the Russian PBL.
According to the report,Maccabi had made two officials approachs to Spartak but they both have been rejected as they see Halperin as an Important player in the team.
Halpein,who has signed two years deal in Spartak in the summer (with no option to cut the deal for both sides),has already agreed terms in Maccabi in the summer,but the deal collapsed due to a tax problems.




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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 9-1 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 9-1 
 3. St.Mirren 7-2 
 4. Troon Tornadoes 6-4 
 5. Glasgow Univ. 5-4 
 6. Boroughmuir 4-6 
 7. Glasgow Storm 4-6 
 8. Stirling Knights 3-7 
 9. Dunfermline 1-9 
 10. Glasgow R. II 1-9 


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  SENEGAL   


Wizards re-sign center Hamady N'diaye - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards announced today that they have re-signed center Hamady N'Diaye (6'11''-C-87, college: Rutgers)..

Hamady gained valuable experience when he received more playing time at the end of last season and worked hard this summer to continue to improve, said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. His tremendous attitude and work ethic make him a valuable piece of the teams chemistry.

Ndiaye returns to the Wizards after appearing in 16 games for the team last season. The 7-0 native of Senegal was originally selected by Minnesota with the 56th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft before his rights were traded along with the rights to Trevor Booker in exchange for the rights to Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica on Draft Night and was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year at Rutgers in 2010.

The training camp roster now stands at 17 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.23.4 
 2. Riboskic, Beovuk20.3 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost19.3 
 4. Dasic, Jagodina18.6 
 5. Djurovic, Crnokosa18.3 
 6. Rasic, Mladost18.2 
 7. Marinkovic, Mlados.17.8 
 8. Pekovic, Jedinstv.17.0 
 9. Dondur, Beovuk 7216.5 
 10. Gagovic, Jagodina16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.5 
 2. Tmusic, Jagodina9.4 
 3. Vukovic, Mladost8.9 
 4. Sikman, Napredak.8.7 
 5. Karahodzic, Spartak8.2 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa8.1 
 7. Jankovic, Mladost7.5 
 8. Dondur, Beovuk 727.5 
 9. Glisovic, Radnic.7.2 
 10. Grubor, Vojvodina7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.7.1 
 2. Velickovic, Konst.5.6 
 3. Simic, Radnicki OB5.2 
 4. Boricic, Radnicki.5.0 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.7 
 6. Pastornjicki, Vojv.3.8 
 7. Marinkovic, Mlados.3.8 
 8. Tanasijevic, Radni.3.7 
 9. Mitic, Crnokosa3.5 
 10. Dujovic, Mladost3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.3.4 
 2. Marinkovic, Mlados.2.8 
 3. Kovacevic, Mlados.2.7 
 4. Rasic, Mladost2.5 
 5. Dugosija, Mladost2.4 
 6. Kuntic, Spartak2.3 
 7. Mitic, Crnokosa2.2 
 8. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.2 
 9. Stojanovic, Spartak2.0 
 10. Djoric, Jagodina2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Goran HUSKIC
  Radnicki OB
  (--)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.3 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.9 
 3. Jankovic, Mladost1.3 
 4. Savic, Radnicki St.1.0 
 5. Tmusic, Jagodina0.9 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.9 
 7. Barac, Napredak A.0.9 
 8. Radenkovic, Jedins.0.9 
 9. Vukovic, Mladost0.8 
 10. Dukanac, Mladost0.8 


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Mladost Zemun 7-2 
 2. Konstantin 7-3 
 3. Jagodina 6-4 
 4. Radnicki OB 6-4 
 5. Mladost Cacak 5-5 
 6. Crnokosa 5-5 
 7. Spartak 5-5 
 8. Viva Basket 5-5 
 9. Napredak A. 5-5 
 10. Jedinstvo NB 4-6 
 11. Vojvodina 4-6 
 12. Beovuk 72 4-6 
 13. Radnicki Stud. 3-7 
 14. Sabac 3-7 


Sasa Pavlovic stays in Boston Celtics - by Zoran Popovic
Sasha Pavlovic (200-F-83) stays in Boston for one more season. Last season Pavlovic changed three teams and on 4 games for New Orleans Hornets average scored 1.0 point, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, on 10 games for Dallas Mavericks average scored 4.1 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists and on 17 games for Boston Celtics average scored 1.8 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.2 steal per game. Pavlovic started career in Buducnost Podgorica and Utah Jazz drafted him as 19 pick on Draft 2003. Before Boston Celtics, Pavlovic played for Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Popovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Marko Popovic (193-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sloga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He got a double-double of 32 points and 12 assists, while his team beat Zeleznicar (#12, 2-8) 100-95. Sloga maintains the 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sloga will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Popovic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Sloga's top player in his first season with the team. Popovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.2ppg) and averages solid 64.3% FGP and 51.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency). He is a forward in his first season at Sloga. In the last game Bozovic recorded impressive 31 points and 4 rebounds. It was enough for Sloga to edge the lower-ranked Zeleznicar (#12, 2-8) by 5 points 100-95. Sloga's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-3 record is not bad at all. Bozovic is a newcomer at Sloga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#7). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-PG-92) of Proleter Naftagas (#13). Igrutinovic showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Igrutinovic's great performance Proleter Naftagas lost 76-85 to slightly higher-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#11, 3-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Proleter Naftagas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Igrutinovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Igrutinovic has a very solid season. In 10 games in Serbia he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 64.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88) of Vojvodina - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Djordjo Djordjic (198-F-78) of Zeleznicar - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84) of Metalac - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84) of Borac - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) of Vojvodina - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) of Zeleznicar - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aco Mandic (204-C/F-84) of Napredak - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Vlado Djurovic new head coach of OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic
After score 4-5 in Serbian basketball league and 3-0 in Balkane league, management of OKK Beograd decides to replace head coach Marko Icelic with Vlado Djurovic (agency: Alti Sport ). During his impressive career coach Djurovic led Sloboda Tuzla, Sibenka, Buducnost, Zadar, Crvena Zvezda, Panionios, Aris, AEK, Oostende, Aalst, Dafni, Achilleas Kaimakliou, FMP Zeleznik, Lietuvos Rytas, Metalac Valjevo, Vojvodina Novi Sad and Tozin Electric Kashan. Vlado Djurovic (agency: Alti Sport ) was head coach of Yugoslavian National team 1993 and Belgium National team 1997.



Pobric's double-double lands him B League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old power forward Goran Pobric (201-F/C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vojvodina and receives a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Viva Basket (#8, 5-5) 81-80. Vojvodina is placed at 11th position in B League. Vojvodina is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Pobric had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vojvodina's top player in his first season with the team. Goran Pobric averages this season 14.2ppg and 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Viva Basket. He is a forward in his 2nd season at Viva Basket. In the last game Vuletic recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Viva Basket was edged by the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#11, 4-6) 81-80. This loss caused Viva Basket to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vuletic is well-known at Viva Basket and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Milan Dondur of Beovuk 72 (#12). Dondur scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Beovuk 72, leading his team to a 84-77 win against slightly lower-ranked Radnicki Stud. (#13, 3-7). The chances of Beovuk 72 ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dondur could help Beovuk 72 to bring them higher in the standings. Dondur has a very solid season. In 9 games in Serbia he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 65.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Jankovic (200-C/F-94) of Mladost Cacak - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Dragoljub Sikman) of Napredak A. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Borislav Djurovic (206-C-80) of Crnokosa - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Milos Grubor (201-F-91) of Vojvodina - 25 points and 13 rebounds
8. Vladimir Velickovic (178-G-89) of Konstantin - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Jugoslav Dasic (197-G-80) of Jagodina - 27 points and 5 rebounds
10. Kemal Karahodzic) of Spartak - 16 points and 6 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


B League Round 10: Konstantin edges Jedinstvo NB by three points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in the B League took place in Novi Becej. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Jedinstvo NB (4-6) to third ranked Konstantin (7-3) 79-76 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Jedinstvo NB won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Jedinstvo NB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Vladimir Velickovic (178-89) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Marko Cvetkovic (197-77, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Vuk Pekovic (183-89) produced 17 points and 4 assists for lost side. Jedinstvo NB's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Konstantin have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Jedinstvo NB dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. They share it with Beovuk 72 and Vojvodina. Konstantin are looking forward to face Beovuk 72 (#12) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jedinstvo NB will play on the road against Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Radnicki OB (6-4) against fifth ranked KK Jagodina (6-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Radnicki OB was crushed by KK Jagodina in Jagodina 101-73. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jugoslav Dasic (197-80) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. Vuksan Gagovic contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) replied with 10 points and 5 rebounds for Radnicki OB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Jagodina moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Radnicki OB. KK Jagodina will play against Radnicki Stud. (#13) in Kragujevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki OB will play at home against Napredak A. (#9) in Aleksinac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Vojvodina managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Viva Basket in Beograd 81-80. Goran Pobric had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Vojvodina's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Aleksandar Vuletic responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Vojvodina (4-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Beovuk 72 and Jedinstvo NB. Viva Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Vojvodina will meet at home Jedinstvo NB (#10) in the next round. Viva Basket will play against Mladost Cacak (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mladost Zemun delivered the seventh victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Spartak (5-5) 65-56. Lazar Rasic notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Newly promoted Mladost Zemun maintains first position with 7-2 record. Spartak at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Mladost Zemun's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sabac (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Spartak will play against Crnokosa (#6) in Kosjeric and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Mladost Cacak defeated Crnokosa in a road game 90-82. Napredak A. beat Sabac at home 67-62. Radnicki Stud. lost to Beovuk 72 on the opponent's court 77-84.



Crnokosa - Mladost Cacak 82-90

There was a minor upset in Kosjeric where 7th ranked Crnokosa (5-5) was defeated by ninth ranked Mladost Cacak (5-5) 90-82. Crnokosa was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Mladost Cacak, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Crnokosa 36-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Crnokosa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Milos Jankovic (200-94) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and swingman Vladimir Dujovic (194-82) supported him with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Mladost Cacak players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by center Borislav Djurovic (206-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) did not help to save the game for Crnokosa. Guard Milan Radivojevic (190-89) added 17 points for lost side. Mladost Cacak moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Crnokosa. Mladost Cacak's next round opponent will be Viva Basket (#8) in Beograd. Crnokosa will play on the road against Spartak in Subotica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: M.Jankovic 25+11reb, F.Dumic 16+4reb+4ast, V.Dujovic 14+6reb+5ast, I.Dukanac 14+9reb+2ast, M.Pejanovic 12+2reb+2ast, M.Maric 5+1reb+2ast
Crnokosa: B.Djurovic 21+7reb+1ast, M.Radivojevic 17+2reb+1ast, P.Mitic 14+4reb, S.Mukanovic 9+1reb+7ast, B.Sanjin 9+6reb, M.Masalusic 5
gschID: 148073


Viva Basket - Vojvodina 80-81

Bottom-ranked Vojvodina managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fourth-ranked Viva Basket in Beograd 81-80. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Vojvodina outrebounded Viva Basket 45-27 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Power forward Goran Pobric (201-82) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Milos Grubor (201-91) chipped in 25 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Vojvodina's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Aleksandar Vuletic (202-86, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Prossin Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) scored 21 points and 7 assists. Vojvodina (4-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Beovuk 72 and Jedinstvo NB. Viva Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Vojvodina will meet at home Jedinstvo NB (#10) in the next round. Viva Basket will play against Mladost Cacak (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: M.Grubor 25+13reb, G.Pobric 25+13reb, S.Zivanovic 12+3reb+3ast, M.Skoko 9+4reb+5ast, N.Fekete 6+3reb+2ast, S.Pastornjicki 2+2reb+8ast
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 21+2reb+7ast, B.Stajic 21+3reb+1ast, A.Vuletic 16+13reb+2ast, M.Kurcubic 7+3reb, L.Andrejic 4, V.Bulatovic 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 148074


Jedinstvo NB - Konstantin 76-79

The most exciting game of round 10 in the B League took place in Novi Becej. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Jedinstvo NB (4-6) to third ranked Konstantin (7-3) 79-76 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Jedinstvo NB won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Jedinstvo NB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Vladimir Velickovic (178-89) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Marko Cvetkovic (197-77, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Vuk Pekovic (183-89) produced 17 points and 4 assists and center Miljan Radenkovic (203-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jedinstvo NB's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Konstantin have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Jedinstvo NB dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. They share it with Beovuk 72 and Vojvodina. Konstantin are looking forward to face Beovuk 72 (#12) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jedinstvo NB will play on the road against Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Konstantin: V.Velickovic 16+3reb+6ast, M.Vitkovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Cvetkovic 12+5reb, M.Jovanovic 10+6reb, V.Djordjevic 9+1reb+2ast, V.Virijevic 7+1ast
Jedinstvo NB: V.Pekovic 17+2reb+4ast, M.Radenkovic 12+5reb, P.Perunovic 11+3reb+1ast, S.Vokic 10+5reb+1ast, I.Jevdjenic 7, D.Knezevic 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 148075


Jagodina - Radnicki OB 101-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Radnicki OB (6-4) against fifth ranked KK Jagodina (6-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Radnicki OB was crushed by KK Jagodina in Jagodina 101-73. The game was mostly controlled by KK Jagodina. Radnicki OB was better in second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jugoslav Dasic (197-80) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) replied with 10 points and 5 rebounds and Goran Huskic added 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Radnicki OB. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Jagodina moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Radnicki OB. KK Jagodina will play against Radnicki Stud. (#13) in Kragujevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki OB will play at home against Napredak A. (#9) in Aleksinac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: J.Dasic 27+5reb+1ast, N.Djoric 20+1reb+1ast, V.Stanisavljevic 15+6reb, V.Gagovic 14+10reb+3ast, N.Vujicic 9+2reb+1ast, N.Filipovic 5+6reb+4ast
Radnicki OB: V.Radojcic 13+2reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 13+2reb+1ast, D.Stojkanovic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Boricic 10+5reb+3ast, I.Huskic 8+1reb, F.Simic 8+2reb
gschID: 148070


Napredak A. - Sabac 67-62

No shocking result in a game in Aleksinac where tenth ranked Napredak A. (5-5) defeated bottom-ranked Sabac (3-7) 67-62. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 12 after three quarters before a 27-20 last quarter charge of Sabac cut the lead to 67-62 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Sabac 35-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Sabac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dragoljub Sikman notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Aleksandar Miladinovic supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Napredak A.'s coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by Branislav Tomasevic did not help to save the game for Sabac. Center Pavle Koprivica (207-85) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Napredak A. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Sabac at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Napredak A.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Radnicki OB (#4) in Obrenovac and it may be quite challenging game. Sabac will play against the league's leader Mladost Zemun (#1).
Top scorers:
Napredak A.: D.Sikman 18+11reb+2ast, N.Raicevic 12+4reb+3ast, A.Miladinovic 12+8reb+1ast, S.Raicevic 8+1ast, N.Barac 6+2reb+2ast, N.Grujo 5+1ast
Sabac: B.Tomasevic 17+5reb+3ast, P.Koprivica 16+4reb, P.Boljkovac 14+1reb, D.Manjencic 6+1reb, M.Todorovic 6+5reb, A.Ivanovic 3
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Mladost Zemun - Spartak 65-56

Leader Mladost Zemun delivered the seventh victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Spartak (5-5) 65-56. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-14 Spartak's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 65-56 at the end of the game. Mladost Zemun forced 22 Spartak turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Spartak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Lazar Rasic notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Nino Celebic (187-90) supported him with 13 points. Even 8 points and 13 rebounds by power forward Slobodan Ljubotina (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) did not help to save the game for Spartak. Kemal Karahodzic added 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Newly promoted Mladost Zemun maintains first position with 7-2 record. Spartak at the other side dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Mladost Zemun's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sabac (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Spartak will play against Crnokosa (#6) in Kosjeric and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost Zemun: L.Rasic 16+5reb+2ast, N.Celebic 13+2reb+2ast, F.Marjanovic 10+4reb+3ast, S.Bozovic 8+8reb, N.Banjanin 6+9reb, N.Draskovic 5+5reb
Spartak: K.Karahodzic 16+6reb, I.Djurovic 9+3reb+1ast, S.Ljubotina 8+13reb+2ast, D.Kuntic 7+3reb, S.Stojanovic 7+2reb+5ast, M.Dinic 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 148072


Beovuk 72 - Radnicki Stud. 84-77

Everything could happen in Beograd at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Beovuk 72 and 12th ranked Radnicki Stud. had identical 3-6 record. This time Beovuk 72 used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Kragujevac 84-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki Stud. won third quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beovuk 72 dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki Stud.'s 38. Beovuk 72 forced 19 Radnicki Stud. turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Radnicki Stud. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Milan Dondur notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Milos Riboskic (195-89) supported him with 16 points. Beovuk 72's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points by swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) did not help to save the game for Radnicki Stud.. Center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Beovuk 72 (4-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Jedinstvo NB and Vojvodina. Radnicki Stud. at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Beovuk 72's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Konstantin in Nis and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Radnicki Stud. will play at home against KK Jagodina (#3).
Top scorers:
Beovuk 72: M.Dondur 23+14reb+1ast, M.Riboskic 16+1reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 10+4reb+3ast, L.Jeremic 8+2reb, J.Marelj 8+2ast, I.Demcesen 7+2reb
Radnicki Stud.: M.Blagojevic 18+4reb+2ast, N.Tanasijevic 12+3reb+2ast, N.Glisovic 11+5reb+4ast, F.Lalovic 9+3reb, O.Nikolic 8+1reb+1ast, S.Samailovic 7+4reb+2ast
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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.2 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.5 
 3. Feldeine, Breogan18.0 
 4. Quezada, Leon17.7 
 5. Guillen, Canarias17.3 
 6. Durley, Leon16.8 
 7. Antelo, Caceres16.6 
 8. Donaldson, Canarias15.9 
 9. Phillip, Burgos15.9 
 10. Knutson, Mallorca15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo9.7 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias8.7 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.6 
 4. Sikma, La Palma8.3 
 5. Mortellaro, Leon8.3 
 6. Williams, Caceres8.0 
 7. Phillip, Burgos8.0 
 8. Antelo, Caceres7.5 
 9. Orfila, Huesca7.2 
 10. Starosta, Navarra7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alvarado, La Palma5.9 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 3. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 4. Bernabe, Leon4.3 
 5. Riera, Melilla4.2 
 6. Sabat, Canarias4.0 
 7. Perez, Menorca3.7 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.6 
 9. Lopez, Burgos3.5 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Xavier, Palencia2.9 
 2. Bernabe, Leon2.5 
 3. Toledo, Burgos2.3 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.1 
 5. Sanz, Navarra1.8 
 6. Norris, Lleida1.8 
 7. Otegui, Menorca1.8 
 8. Schaftenaar, La P.1.7 
 9. Rocchia, Leon1.7 
 10. Lopez, La Palma1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Palencia
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Diouf, Palencia1.6 
 2. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.5 
 3. Green, Mallorca1.5 
 4. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.5 
 5. Odiakosa, Melilla1.5 
 6. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.2 
 7. Coleman, Girona1.2 
 8. Tillman, Burgos1.0 
 9. Samb, Granada0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Canarias 11-2 
 2. Lleida 10-3 
 3. Burgos 9-4 
 4. Menorca 8-5 
 5. Melilla 8-5 
 6. La Palma 7-6 
 7. Palencia 7-6 
 8. Navarra 7-6 
 9. Girona 6-7 
 10. Mallorca 6-7 
 11. Caceres 6-7 
 12. Breogan 6-7 
 13. Leon 6-7 
 14. Huesca 5-8 
 15. CB Tarragona 5-8 
 16. Knet Clavijo 5-8 
 17. Granada 4-9 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 1-12 


EBA Round 13 best performance: Ibon Carreto - by Mariano Galindo
Forward Ibon Carreto (199-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance for Zornotza Saskibaloi Taldea, receiving a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 13. The 27-year old player signed 35 points and 42 index rating, with eleven two-pointers out of 13 attempts. After losing the last four games, Zornotza Saskibaloi Taldea and Carreto could win again. And it was vs one of the top league teams, Sab Torrelavega, Group-A-A, where. Estela continues making history with a great record (8-0). Group B saw another triumph of Canoe (12-1), that sumes up five games in a row without any defeat.

CAI Zaragoza lands Pervis Pasco - by Eurobasket News
Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.) is a new member of CAI Zaragoza. The American PF/C penned a deal for rest of the season. He spent the last one in France with Strasboug IG. Pasco appeared 28 times in ProA averaging 8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In 2009/10 season Pervis Pasco played for Italian Biella. He had 6.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.1 apg for them in 28 SerieA games. Pasco also added 7.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In the past, Pasco also played for Rieti, Scavolini, Teramo and Turkish Erdemir. He also has experience from Bahrein, Korea and Qatar. In 2004, Pervis Pasco won the Asian Club Championship with Al Rayan.

Kaloyan Ivanov claims ACB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Meridiano and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Assignia M. (#10, 5-6) 76-62. Lucentum maintains the 5th position in Spanish ACB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lucentum will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Ivanov had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lucentum's top player in his first season with the team. Ivanov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 58.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International) of Fuenlabrada. Ayon impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Fuenlabrada lost that game 88-95 to the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#9, 5-6). Fuenlabrada managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ayon is well-known by Fuenlabrada fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.6ppg (#4). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American center Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Cajasol (#8). Davis scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cajasol, leading his team to a 87-73 easy win against the lower-ranked B.de Rueda V. (#18, 2-9). Cajasol needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Davis has a great season in Spain. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) of Caja Laboral - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Jayson Granger (186-G-89) of Estudiantes - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Andy Panko (204-F-77) of Lagun Aro GBC - 28 points and 7 rebounds
7. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80) of GC 2014 - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Valencia - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87) of Cajasol - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82) of Unicaja - 19 points and 6 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Report: Marc Gasol receives four-year, $55 million offer sheet from Houston Rockets - by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets seem to be determined to bring a 'Gasol' onto their roster this season. While talks have been up, down and back around in regards to Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol, now it seems that the Memphis Grizzlies' big man Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) have been targeted by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski twitter feed, the Rockets are prepared to offer Marc Gasol a max-contract offer.

Houston's close to signing Marc Gasol to max-contract offer sheet, working a sign-and-trade with Memphis to secure him, league sources say. - @WojYahooNBA via Twitter
.The Grizzlies options would then be the following:

The Rockets are working to sign Marc Gasol to a 4 year, $55M offer sheet, sources tell Y! Memphis would have 3 days to match, or lose him. - @WojYahooNBA via Twitter .Even if Memphis matches the deal, it seems that Houston's supreme focus is to bring a quality big man to H-Town this season.

Courtesy of http://houston.sbnation.com


LEB Gold round 13 best performance: Juan Riera - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Juan Riera (188-PG-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Melilla, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, four rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Mallorca (#10, 6-7) 89-78. Melilla is placed at 5th position in LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Melilla will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Riera had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Melilla's top player in his first season with the team. Juan Riera has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.2apg) and averages impressive 50.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international guard Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) of Navarra. Uriz had a very good evening with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Navarra cruised to a 84-75 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Caceres (#12, 6-7). This victory allowed Navarra to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Uriz is a newcomer at Navarra, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Melilla's star - Nigerian forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.). Odiakosa scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Melilla, helping his team with a 89-78 win against the lower-ranked Mallorca (#10, 6-7). Melilla needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Odiakosa has a very solid season. In 13 games in Spain he scored 10.9ppg. He also has 6.5rpg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 63.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79) of Caceres - 26 points
5. Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of Canarias - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) of Menorca - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Troy DeVries (193-G-82) of Melilla - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Knet Clavijo - 13 points and 11 rebounds
9. Sean Ogirri (188-G-86) of Breogan - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Darryl Middleton (203-F/C-66) of Girona - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Alex Thompson claims LEB Silver weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Alex Thompson (208-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aurteneche M. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 15 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Tenerife (#11, 3-7) 68-67. Aurteneche M. is placed at 4th position in Spanish LEB Silver. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aurteneche M. will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Thompson turned to be Aurteneche M.'s top player in his first season with the team. Iowa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thompson is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 61.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Las Rozas. Salson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Las Rozas was edged by the higher-ranked Andorra (#1, 7-2) 76-72. This loss caused Las Rozas to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Salson is a newcomer at Las Rozas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#5). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was David Ortega (199-F/C-84) of Oviedo CB (#9). Ortega scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Oviedo CB, leading his team to a 78-66 win against Lan Mobel ISB (3-6). The chances of Oviedo CB not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ortega could try to bring Oviedo CB's a little bit higher in the standings. Ortega has a very solid season. In 9 games in Spain he scored 9.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Federico Bavosi (184-PG-81) of Andorra - 20 points and 6 assists
5. Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Gandia Basquet - 22 points and 6 rebounds
6. Xavier Lopez (191-G-83) of Coruna - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Francis Koffi (202-F-81) of Ourense - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Javier Manuel Alvarado (183-PG-85) of Gandia Basquet - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Shalawn Miller (205-C-74) of Gandia Basquet - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Marko Todorovic (203-F-92) of Prat Juventud - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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South Sudan Basketball Team Qualifies for Round two - by Eurobasket News
South Sudan's basketball club, the Bilpham Warriors, have qualified for the second round of the Peace and Unity championship.

Bilpham Warriors topped group A on Saturday, after Ugandas Ndejje University basketball club failed to turn up for the match in Kampala.

Radio Miraya's sports reporter in Kampala says its not clear why Ndejje basketball club did not turn up for the match at the YMCA basketball court in Kampala.

On Monday, Bilpham basketball club will travel to Nairobi for the second round of Peace and Unity basketball championship.
Courtesy of: http://www.radiomiraya.org


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Terrence Oglesby signed in Sundsvall - by Andreas Eriksson
Sundsvall Dragons made an addition to their team by the signing of US-Norwegian Guard Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson). The former Clemson player holds a norwegian passport and is a member of the Norwegian team, and a wellknown name to people in Sundsvall as he played for Norway in the Nordic Championships held in Sundsvall this past summer, where he had the chance to play against Iceland, who is coached by Sunsvall Dragons coach Peter qvist. The contract for Oglesby in Sundsvall is until the end of January to replace Johan Pierre who is out with an injury. Oglesby is expected in Sundsvall during Tuesday and will make his debut the same night most likely.

Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Boras 11-5 
 2. Norrkoping 10-5